VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia will dedicate a historical marker celebrating a railroad that once ran to Cape Henry.
The Department of Historical Resources said in a statement that the ceremony will occur Saturday next to the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia Beach. It’s open to the public.
The original lighthouse was the first to be built by the United States government and sits at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
The first railroad was built in 1880 to construct a new lighthouse. Then an electric rail line served a resort village. The line eventually merged with the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.
New tracks were laid by the U.S. Army in 1914 after it established Fort Story. Trains continued to carry artillery, ammunition and passengers on the rail line through World War II.