The New Point Comfort Lighthouse is in imminent danger of collapse. After 204 years as a symbol of America's strength she is being continually undermined by the forces of erosion and neglect.
Engineers warn that, if immediate action is not undertaken to rescue this national treasure, she will soon collapse into the waters of the Chesapeake - lost forever.
If you act NOW, your action may just rescue the lighthouse. But you must act NOW.
Your tax deductible donation to The Elzy Burroughs Fund for the Preservation of New Point Comfort Lighthouse will ensure the safety and preservation of the lighthouse from future storms and the unceasing action of the waves and tides.
The engineering design work and necessary permissions are already underway. All that is missing is the funds to make this happen.
We need your help.
Won't you please act now and make a difference by preserving a national historical and architectural treasure for future generations?
New Point Comfort Lighthouse is located at the southern tip of Mathews County, Virginia at the convergence of the Chesapeake and Mobjack Bays. It was first illuminated in 1805, and is the third oldest surviving lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, and the tenth oldest in the country.
Originally situated on the tip of a point of land at the southern-most extent of Mathews County, it now stands by itself a bit offshore on a tiny island surrounded by rip-rap boulders. The lighthouse hasn't moved, but the land on which it sat has steadily disappeared over the last two centuries. It is currently owned by Mathews County.
To combat the threats from age and shoreline erosion, the Mathews County Historical Society formed a task force in 2001, the New Point Comfort Lighthouse Preservation Task Force to develop a plan to preserve the New Point Comfort Lighthouse as a permanent historic sentinel representing American navigation, transportation, commerce, craftsmanship, engineering, and American's perseverance through peace and war." The task force is gathering information on the history of the lighthouse, studying coastal erosion, public access, and security. Of special importance is its plans for preservation and enhancement of the site and its surroundings, and its gathering funds for the effort.