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Cove Point Lighthouse

3500 Lighthouse Boulevard

The Cove Point Lighthouse was originally intended not for Cove Point at all, but for nearby Cedar Point. In 1825, Congress set aside money for a Cedar Point beacon near the entrance to the Patuxent River. Mariners had for years urged the construction of a lighthouse that would both guide ship traffic in the Chesapeake Bay and assist vessels into the Patuxent River.

The 38-foot tower possesses a beautiful winding staircase that ascends to the lantern. The treads of the staircase are triangular, with the outermost side of each step imbedded in the tower’s masonry and the innermost edge fitted to a central column. Accompanying the central column is a square wooden tube, which held the counterweights formerly used to rotate the lens.

The lighthouse was completely automated in 1986, when a fog detector, a lamp-changer and a computer connected to headquarters obsoleted the keeper’s position. In October of 2000, the station was officially transferred from the Coast Guard to Calvert County, and since then the Calvert Marine Museum has been in charge of providing public access. The station remains an active aid to navigation, and caretakers live in the single-story frame cottage that was built by the Coast Guard as enlisted quarters around 1950.

The Calvert Marine Museum Society hired a company to provide a marketing and use study on the property. The company's recommendation was to use the keeper's dwelling for weekly vacation rentals, and after the society raised $600,000, it had the house renovated and divided down the middle to serve as two rental units. Each side has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. Work started in June 2011 and was finished a year later.

Location: Located on Cove Point four miles north of the entrance to the Patuxent River on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay.


Walter Johnson

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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.

Autumn Carter

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Beautiful light house, and the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It turns out the light hose keeper’s house offers week long rentals year round.

Tom DeFrancisci

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
Too much to tell here. We stayed in the lighthouse keepers house and had a great time. The house was comfortable and tastefully appointed with two full kitchens, six comfortable bedrooms and six spotless bathrooms. The AC is museum quality so the house was always comfortable regardless of record high temperatures outside. The house can be partitioned into two separate apartments. You can enter the lighthouse but you can climb to the top. Even still got get a feel for the high quality of its construction. There is an interpreters station staged with a docent who explains the history and function of the lighthouse. One of the best activities during your stay is the private beach. You can't swim there because of rip tides, but you can spend your entire stay there just looking through the abundant fossils to be found on the beach. While there, don't forget to visit the Calvert Marine Museum, which operates the facility. This vacation was an enriching experience for the whole family and an outstanding value.

Auguste Dunnick

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
While we did get to the light house after it was closed it was still a neat site to see. We will be back to explore the lighthouse.

Michelle Wright

Monday, July 2, 2018
Beautiful. Wonderful day trip.

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