Pints for Preservation Highlights Historic Preservation Month and Supports the Cape Henry Lighthouse

Monday, April 29, 2019

​The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to join them in celebrating May as Historic Preservation Month. During Historic Preservation Month, the Commission is partnering with Preservation Virginia, the nation's oldest statewide historic preservation organization, to bring attention to the ongoing historic maintenance needs for the Cape Henry Lighthouse.  Although a $1.1 million project to stabilize the base of the lighthouse, improve safety and enhance the public's experience has just been completed, the recently reopened 1792 National Historic Landmark has several other preservation areas that need to be addressed.

The Commission and Preservation Virginia have partnered with several local craft breweries to launch "Pints for Preservation" and make supporting the lighthouse a refreshing experience. During May, Deadline Brewing Project and Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co. will donate $1 per pint to the lighthouse for each purchase of their special Historic Preservation Month beers. Deadline Brewing produces the Lynnhaven Oyster Stout made with historic Lynnhaven oysters donated by Pleasure House Oysters. Farmhouse, located in a recently restored 1912 farmhouse, has brewed the Cape Henry Hefeweizen.

The public is invited to join the Historic Preservation Commission and Preservation Virginia for three Happy Hour events to celebrate Historic Preservation Month in the community. A portion of the proceeds from all beer sales during the events will go to Preservation Virginia for the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Contact Mark Reed at 757-385-8573 or for additional information about the events.

  • Saturday, May 11, 3 – 6 p.m., Smartmouth Pilot House, 313 32nd St.
  • Thursday, May 16, 6 – 9 p.m., Deadline Brewing Project, 2272 W. Great Neck Road
  • Thursday, May 23, 4 – 7 p.m., Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co, 1805 Kempsville Road

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises Council on issues related to historic resources. The panel seeks to preserve, protect and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County through a program of advocacy and increased public awareness and involvement. The Commission actively supports projects to survey historic resources, recognize historic buildings, districts and events, and research hidden areas of the city's history. The group generally meets the first Wednesday evening of the month at 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500. Please visit for additional information about the Historic Preservation Commission.

Photo: The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is supporting preservation needs at the Cape Henry Lighthouse through Pints for Preservation activities for Historic Preservation Month.

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