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Drink a beer, save a historic landmark. Here’s how

The Cape Henry Lighthouse, was built in 1792 (Southside Daily photo)
The Cape Henry Lighthouse, was built in 1792 (Southside Daily photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH — 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, officials wrote in a news release.

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, officials said.

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 mreed@vbgov.com for additional information about the events.

Here’s the schedule:

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


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