Built in 1891, Middle Ground Lighthouse is the oldest caisson lighthouse in Virginia. The red light shines every night, keeping ships and sailors safe from running aground on Middle Ground Shoal. In 2005, the Billingsley and Gonsoulin families purchased the lighthouse at auction. It has become a project, a retreat, a passion, and above all, a home.
The last lighthouse keeper moved out in 1955. After 50 years of falling into disrepair, family, extended family, friends, and friends of friends have pitched in to restore the lighthouse. Together they’ve scraped, sanded, welded, painted, and painted some more to make the lighthouse shine again.
When the day's work is done, dive off the deck to cool off before hailing local fishermen for fresh crabs. While the crabs boil, enjoy the sunset and ocean breeze with 360-degree waterfront views. With plenty of opportunities to fish, skeet shoot, and relax on the water, the lighthouse is a perfect getaway for creating one-of-a-kind memories.