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Old New York Harbor / remarqued (Paul McGehee)
Old New York Harbor / remarqued (Paul McGehee)
Jones Point Sunrise (Paul McGehee)

"Jones Point Sunrise" by Paul McGehee. Alexandria, Virginia's iconic Jones Point Lighthouse is located near the Wilson Bridge and has been lighting the way for boats on the Potomac River since 1856. Jones Point is named for the early British fur trader and mapmaker Cadwalader Jones who built his house on this piece of land near the entrance to the Alexandria waterfront. It entered the annals of history when, in 1791, George Washington set the initial cornerstone to mark the southern boundary of the District of Columbia at the narrow point of land. The stone still can be seen located in the seawall just south of the lighthouse. To the north of the lighthouse there is also a marker designating the boundary between Maryland and Virginia. Over the next few years the port cities of Alexandria and Georgetown saw much growth...and with burgeoning commerce came more shipping traffic. As this spot on the Potomac was prone to building up sandbars, it was proposed in 1852 to erect a lighthouse there to help guide the ship captains on their way to the docks that serviced our Nation's Capital. The Jones Point Lighthouse was built and first lit on May 3, 1856. It originally featured a whale-oil fueled white light 17' above the water which was visible for 9 miles. It was replaced by a gas light for a while, then in 1900 was changed to a red oil lamp. In 1926, a fixed green light was put on a steel tower near the lighthouse, making a lighthouse manned by a keeper unnecessary. After a few years as a commercial property, the Jones Point Lighthouse building was eventually closed in 1936. The Army soon thereafter requisitioned it for a top secret Signal Corps of Engineers project and surrounded the point with barbed wire and fencing. They held the property until the end of World War II, at which point it was handed over to the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution who had earlier expressed interest in saving the historic property. Years of neglect had taken its toll on the little building, as the Army had gutted the structure and shot it full of holes (courtesy of the soldiers who had used it for target practice.) Thankfully, the lighthouse has been restored in recent decades by the D.A.R. and the National Park Service. In 1995, the beacon light was once again lit. Today, Jones Point Park is popular for fishing, picnicking, and concerts. The Jones Point Lighthouse once again watches over the Potomac near the new Wilson Bridge and Maryland's National Harbor on the opposite shore. It is Virginia's last remaining lighthouse on a river. "Jones Point Sunrise" is faithfully reproduced as an archival-quality print from McGehee's original color pencil drawing, each hand-signed by the artist. Edition size 500 S/N. Print image size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2".

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