Beautiful Lighthouses in Maryland
There are a number of beautiful lighthouses in Maryland. With a rich maritime history centered around the great Chesapeake Bay region the need for lighthouses on land and in the Chesapeake caused many lighthouses to be built in Maryland. Many of the lighthouses presented here are open to the public and a few of them are part of museums in Maryland. Lighthouse lovers will find some real beautiful lighthouses in Maryland.
Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre De Grace
Concord Point Lighthouse is a pretty 36 foot tall conical lighthouse built of granite located at 700 Concord Street at the mouth of the Susquehanna River as it flows into the Chesapeake Bay in Havre De Grace, Maryland. Concord Point Lighthouse was built in 1827 and is managed today by the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse who open the lighthouse to the public on weekends and visitors can climb the tower to the top for views of the Chesapeake Bay.
Cove Point Lighthouse on Cove Point
Cove Point Lighthouse is located just south of Calvert Cliffs State Park at Cove Point at the end of Lighthouse Boulevard in Solomon Islands, Maryland. Cove Point Lighthouse was built of brick in 1828 and is 38 feet tall and is the oldest active lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. The United States Coast Guard still operates the lighthouse but it is owned by the Calvert Marine Museum and open to the public for tours. For more info call (410) 326-2042.
Lazaretto Point Lighthouse in Baltimore
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Lazaretto Point Lighthouse was a 31 foot high brick masonry lighthouse located directly opposite from Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. The lighthouse tower was torn down in 1926 but the Rukert Terminal Corporation built an exact replica of the Lazaretto Point Lighthouse which is located on the grounds of the Lehigh Cement Company at the end of Mertens Road right across from Fort McHenry. The lighthouse is not open to the public at this time.
Piney Point Lighthouse in Piney Point
Piney Point Lighthouse is located at 44701 Lighthouse Road in Piney Point, Maryland along the Potomac River just before it empties out into the Chesapeake Bay. Piney Point Lighthouse is 35 feet tall and was built from brick in 1836. Today the lighthouse is owned by the County of St. Mary's and is open to the public. For more info call 301-994-1471.
Pooles Island Lighthouse
Pooles Island Lighthouse is a 38 foot high masonry lighthouse that was built in 1825 and is located on Pooles Island in the bay at the mouth of the Gunpowder River in Maryland. Pooles Island Lighthouse is not open to the public as Pooles Island used to be used for gun target practice and unexploded live shells may still be on the island.
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse in Maryland
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is a screw-pile wrought iron 40 foot high lighthouse that was originally built and located on the shallow Seven Foot Knoll shoal at the entrance to the Patapsco River in 1855. In 1988 the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was moved to Baltimore's Inner Harbor where it is now part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum and is open to the public. For more info call 410-396-3453.
Turkey Point Lighthouse in Elk Neck State Park
Turkey Point Lighthouse is 35 foot high brick masonry lighthouse that was built in 1835 and is located at the end of Turkey Point Road in Elk Neck State Park at the head of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Today Turkey Point Lighthouse is owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and is open to the public weekends in season.
Point Lookout Lighthouse in Scotland
Point Lookout Lighthouse is a 41 foot high wooden lighthouse that was built in 1830 at the entrance of the Potomac River in Scotland, Maryland. The lighthouse is located at the end of Point Lookout Road in Point Lookout State Park. Point Lookout Lighthouse is well known for being haunted and for having paranormal activity. The State of Maryland owns the lighthouse and the grounds are open to the public and at times the house itself is open too and sometimes for nighttime paranormal investigations. For more info call 301-872-5688.
Fort Washington Lighthouse
Fort Washington Lighthouse is a 28 foot high wooden tower lighthouse that was built in 1882. The tower was originally built as a bell tower but was converted into the Fort Washington Lighthouse in 1901 when a light replaced the fog bell. The lighthouse is located in Fort Washington on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland just across the river from Mount Vernon, Virginia. Owned today by the National Park Service the grounds around Fort Washington is open to the public but the tower is not.
Sharps Island Lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay
Sharps Island Lighthouse is a 35 foot tall cast iron spark plug lighthouse built in 1882 that is located 3 miles south of Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Sharps Island Lighthouse is privately owned and not open to the public but it is notable because it leans over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa due to ice floe damage that occurred back in 1977.
Hooper Island Lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay
Hooper Island Lighthouse is a 63 foot tall iron spark plug lighthouse located west of Middle Hooper Island in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It was built in 1902 and is owned by the Coast Guard and not open to the public.
Drum Point Lighthouse in Solomons
Drum Point Lighthouse is a 46 foot high screw-pile lighthouse that used to be located at the mouth of the Patuxent River off Drum Point but is now located at the Calvert Marine Museum. Built in 1883 Drum Point Lighthouse was relocated to the museum in 1978 and is fully open to the public today. The Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse are located at 14200 Solomons Island Road in Solomons, Maryland. Call (410) 326-2042 for more info.
Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michaels
Hooper Strait Lighthouse is a screw-pile lighthouse that used to be located in Hooper Strait off the northern entrance to Tangier Sound from 1867 to 1966. It was scheduled to be dismantled in 1966 but the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum bought it and moved it 40 miles to the museum which is located at 213 North Talbot Street in St. Michaels, Maryland. Today Hooper Strait Lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction at the museum and a landmark symbol of the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay region.
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