Cove Point Lighthouse, Lusby

The Cove Point Light is a lighthouse located on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Maryland, United States.
This light was built in 1828 by John Donahoo, who erected a brick conical tower along the plan he had used at several other sites in the Bay. In 1825 Congress had allocated funds to build a light at Cedar Point, four miles south at the mouth of the Patuxent River, but further consideration led to a decision to mark Cove Point and the shoal which jutted into the bay. A new appropriation in 1828 allowed construction of the light and keeper's house in the same year.
The original Argand lamps were replaced in 1855 with a fifth-order Fresnel lens; this in turn was upgraded to a fourth-order lens in 1857. A fog bell added in 1837 was moved several times and was mounted on both wood and iron towers before ending up on the roof of a wooden shed built in 1902 to house a foghorn. The foghorn equipment was moved in 1950 to a separate brick building, but the fog bell remains on the shed. Erosion was a significant problem, but was eventually brought under control through a seawall initially constructed in 1892 and upgraded in 1913 and 1993.
The keeper's house was enlarged in 1881 when it was converted to a duplex with housing for two keepers and their families. and again in 1925 when inside kitchens were installed. In 1950 a separate small house was built as home to a third keeper and his family.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as Cove Point Lighthouse. The keepers remained until 1986 when the light was finally automated. The light was in good condition, with much equipment remaining from prior years, when it was turned over to Calvert County in 2000. Since then it has been administered by the Calvert Marine Museum, which allows access to the light and grounds in the summer months.
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  • We stayed in the lighthouse keeper 's house. Couldn't ask for a more relaxing few days! We watched the sunrise each morning. Each of the 3 bedrooms had a tv in it. the kitchen was well equipped.  more »
  • This lighthouse is beautiful! You can't climb it but the door is open so you can see inside. Easy access and lots of parking. No beach access from lighthouse.  more »
  • Historically interesting. There are some good, explanatory displays. The map showing all the lighthouses in the Chesapeake Bay region brings home how dependent folks were on lighthouses for coastal navigation, and how important coastal navigation was to the economic development of the region. The lighthouse keepers' residences are for rent. If you like an isolated, waterfront vacation not too far from the city, this could be it.
  • Cute little light house with a small visitors center. Lots of information on the history. You can go into the base of the lighthouse but you can't walk up it. It is free and very neat but I wouldn't drive all the way up just to see it. We were maybe only there a half hour at most. Worth the stop if you are in the area. Plan additional activities if you're coming in from somewhere else.

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