It’s time to unplug, stop the noise and vanish into the peace and seclusion of a scenic destination where we don’t have to fight for a slip or fend off the noise of eternal Spring Break. Let’s go to Northumberland County, Virginia.
Sometimes we get on the boat to go somewhere action-packed and fill our days with an exhausting, break-neck schedule of activities. Now is not that time and this isn’t the place for high-octane schedules. This is where you dock the boat, drop the hook that has bait on it, grab a cocktail and soak in the total absence of social noise of the digital age.
Smith Point Light holds the story of this area’s resilience. In 1802 Thomas Jefferson appointed a lighthouse keeper to manage the lighthouse at Smith Point (the latest version is seen above). Erosion threatened the lighthouse, and in 1808 it was replaced with a lighthouse further inland. It was replaced in 1828 with a third lighthouse. During the Civil War, it was destroyed. A new lighthouse was finally built in 1896 and lasted until 1936. The Smith Point Light was automated in 1971. In 2005, the lighthouse was sold to a private owner.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!