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Take a Tour of Maryland's Lighthouses

Step back in time when you explore these lighthouses—all open to the public.

By Gregory Alexander

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See this 1879 Hooper Strait Chesapeake screw-pile lighthouse at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Built as beacons to guide sailors to safe harbor, the allure of lighthouses still draws us in. Even though lighthouses were primarily intended to show sailors what to avoid, we now seem to be drawn to them. Dozens of these graceful structures remain in Maryland. Tour theseBegin your lighthouse tour with these beautiful historic beacons and enjoy the surrounding nature and vistas.icons of the Chesapeake region.

Cove Point Lighthouse

1 Cove Point Lighthouse

Not only can you tour this lighthouse, but you can also rent one of the two renovated rental units in the keeper’s quarters that include all the modern amenities and beach accessbook an evening in the renovated keeper’s quarters.. Stay at this unique historic lighthouse and spend your day playing on the bay.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
3500 Lighthouse Blvd
Lusby, MD 20657
410-326-2042


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Drum Point Lighthouse Photo By: Calvert County Department of Economic Development

2 Drum Point Lighthouse

Visitors to the Calvert Marine Museum can climb inside this 46-foot-tall structure and and see the preserved innkeeper’s quarters that are still intact. The museum also offers boat tours of neighboring lighthouses.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042


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The Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge is a replica lighthouse of the one that once guided ships along the Choptank River.

3 Choptank River Lighthouse

Located in Cambridge, this replica lighthouse is open for self-guided, free tours and even has a museum.

Make this historic park a stop along your tour of Maryland's lighthouses to see the light that guarded the Potomac River.

4 Fort Washington Lighthouse

This 1870 lighthouse is on the grounds of Fort Washington Park outside Washington, D.C., and is still used as a navigational aid today. Visit the historic lighthouse and fort, then enjoy a picnic or a day fishing.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
13551 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-763-4600


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Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace overlooks the point where the Susquehanna River flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

5 Concord Point Lighthouse

A National Register historic site, this Havre de Grace beacon is made of Port Deposit granite andstalwart granite beacon in Havre de Grace has withstood the tests of time and is the oldest lighthouse in Maryland still open for public visits.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
Lafayette and Concord St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-939-9040


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Hooper Island Lighthouse

6 Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Originally built in 1879, today this lighthouse is located on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Visitors can climb inside the hands-on exhibit or participateand enjoy the hands-on exhibits or participate in the museum’s Lighthouse Overnight Program, which allows guests to live the life of a lighthouse keeper.

Piney Point Lighthouse

7 Piney Point Lighthouse

The oldest on the Potomac River, climb this 1836 lighthouse for great panoramic views, then walk along the beach or bring your kayak for a day on the water.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
44720 Lighthouse Rd
Piney Point, MD 20674
301-994-1471


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Turkey Point Lighthouse sits atop a 100-foot bluff and offers stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay.

8 Turkey Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse sits atop a 100-foot bluff and offers stunning views of the crown of the Chesapeake Bay, Turkey Point Lighthouse commands spectacular views. Still an active navigation beacon, Turkey Point is in beautiful Elk Neck State Park.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901
410-287-5333


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Accessible only by boat, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is one of only 10 in the country designated a National Historic Landmark.

9 Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

The last of the classic Chesapeake screwpile lighthouses still in its original location, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is perhaps the most recognizable and beloved landmarks on the bay. Accessible only by boat and staffed by volunteer docents, Thomas Point is on the National Register Historic Places.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
Mouth of the South River
Annapolis, MD 21403


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The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland. Photo By: Historic Ships in Baltimore

10 Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Located inRelocated to the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, this lighthouse is part of Historic Ships in Baltimore. Fascinating exhibits provide a great window into history and fantastic harbor views make for contains an extensive exhibit and great views, perfect for that family selfies.


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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
Pier 5, Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202


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Featured Places
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Location:
3500 Lighthouse Blvd
Lusby, MD 20657
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Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
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Location:
13551 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
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Location:
Lafayette and Concord St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
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Location:
44720 Lighthouse Rd
Piney Point, MD 20674
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Location:
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901
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Location:
Mouth of the South River
Annapolis, MD 21403
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Location:
Pier 5, Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
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