Jones Point Lighthouse
& the Original Southeast Corner Stone of Washington D.C.
Jones Point Lighthouse is one of the last river lighthouses in the United States. Located on the Potomac River south of Alexandria, Va. in Jones Point Park. The Mount Vernon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is responsible for the lighthouse maintenance and restoration work as well as the care of the Southeast Corner Stone of Washington D.C.
Jones Point Lighthouse, September 2005. Picture by Eric S. Martin, all rights reserved.
Restoration, while a basic restoration has been done of the outside, much needs to be done inside and out. The chimneys need to be rebuilt along with the ventilation device (in this case it is not a ventilation ball) that should be over the lantern roof with a lightening rod. Also the catwalk outside the lantern room needs to be added. Inside the structure is gutted, restoration would included repair of floors, replacement of structural supports, stairs, interior walls, etc. The original corner stone of Washington D.C. is in front of the building and could use improvement for better viewing and protection against the elements.
Jones Point Lighthouse Lantern Room. Notice slots in windows to allow ventilation until proper restoration can be done, also noticelack of the catwalk. Picture by Eric S. Martin, all rights reserved.
Interior of lighthouse, with some salvage parts. Picture from Betty Vosbeck, member of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, picture used with permission.
Much of the floor boards are missing on the upper floor.Picture from Betty Vosbeck, member of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, picture used with permission.
Fence damage after Hurricane Isabel (now repaired). Picture from Betty Vosbeck, picture used by permission.