Chancellor Lookout II
US 1191, VA 38

Photo courtesy of Kristin Reynolds

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1191, VA 38 (view other lookouts in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered April 27, 2017
Nominated by Kristin Reynolds
Location Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 12.767' W 077° 43.467' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 12' 46" W 077° 43' 28"
N 38.212778° W 077.724444°
Elevation 423 ft (129 m)
Built February 1928
Removed circa 2019
Former Fire Lookout Sites Register US 1932, VA 35
Administered by Private (formerly Virginia Department of Forestry)


This 80-foot Aermotor tower was built in February 1928. It was the second tower named Chancellor to be built in Spotsylvania County. The property it is on is a beautiful wooded lot that was originally intended to be small neighborhoods but the funds for such never came to allow that to happen. The tower was open to the public for visits in the 1920s and 1930s. It was manned until the late 1960s. The most special feature of this tower is the inscription in the concrete at the bottom of the stairs up the tower: "Prevent Forest Fires." It appears to be the only tower so inscribed.

The tower was removed circa 2019.


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Drone image of site in August 2019

Drone image of site in August 2019 - courtesy of James Hull

Prevent Forest Fires Concrete Block

Prevent Forest Fires Concrete Block - courtesy of Krissy Reynolds