Calling all military and maritime history buffs…when you visit AQS QuiltWeek – Virginia Beach, October 3 – 6, 2018, you will want to plan some extra time to explore the Military Aviation Museum and Cape Henry Lighthouse.
Military Aviation Museum, 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457
Step away from ordinary to extraordinary in Virginia Beach – to the Military Aviation Museum. People come from all over the world and plan their vacations around seeing this unique and extensive collection of planes. It includes examples from Germany, France, Italy, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States from both World War I and World War II, although the complete collection ranges from the 1910s to the early 1950s.
The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War I- and World War II-era military aircraft in the world. Each of the planes has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible. Most of the planes are airworthy and flown at the museum during flight demonstrations and at air shows throughout the year. Some of the planes were the last flight-ready aircraft of their time, and all of them are one of a kind.
Cape Henry Lighthouse, 583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia 23459
Another awesome place to sightsee while in Virginia Beach is the Cape Henry Lighthouse. The Cape Henry Lighthouse has long served to protect and guide vessels entering and leaving the Chesapeake Bay. Today, two lighthouses stand at Cape Henry, guardians to the gateway of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Cape Henry Lighthouse was started in 1791and completed in 1792. This magnificent stone structure sits on a mound surrounded by trees and other vegetation. As the first public works project by the 1st U.S. Congress, this lighthouse stands as a great monument that has been placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Located inside Little Creek/Fort Story, a joint task force installation, visitors should be aware that you must enter through Fort Story’s security gates. All visitors over the age of 16 will be required to present valid identification. This ID should be a student or state- or Federal-issued ID card. Vehicles may be subject to search – this is for everyone’s safety!
You can climb the structure all the way into the old light housing. From inside the glass dome, you can look out over the waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
If you’re into coastal lighthouses, this one is a “must see,” if only for the year in which it was built (1792). If you’ve not been in one, this is a good one with which to start. As a bonus, listen to Yorktown from the Hamilton soundtrack while you are at the monuments. It’s appropriate.
This lighthouse is open to the public on a seasonal schedule. For more information about the seasonal schedule, restrictions to climb the lighthouse and fees, visit their website or call (757)422-9421.
Don’t miss AQS QuiltWeek – Virginia Beach, October 3 – 6, 2018. Visit www.quiltweek.com to learn more.