Lighthouses Of The Eastern Shore
There is something about lighthouses that draws us to them. They are proud, majestic beacons that guide mariners away from harm in troubled waters and have become universal symbols for comfort and safety. These beautiful monuments inspire awe and wonder in visitors throughout the world. Discover the charm and beauty of these guiding lights on the Eastern Shore.
Turkey Point Lighthouse, North East, MD
Sitting on a peninsula at the crown of the Chesapeake Bay, Turkey Point Lighthouse is an active navigational guide that sits atop of a 100-foot bluff in Elk Neck State Park. It was built in 1899 and is known to be the first to have a woman lighthouse keeper. You can enjoy the sights from the bluff or climb to the top for stunning views of the top of the Bay and the Northeast and Elk Rivers. The diverse landscape includes marshlands, heavily wooded areas, white clay cliffs and sandy shorelines.
Hooper Strait Lighthouse, St. Michael’s, MD
Explore the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. You can climb inside the hands-on exhibits to discover the workings and role of the lighthouse throughout history. And for a more authentic look at the life of a lighthouse keeper, ask about the CBMM’s Lighthouse Overnight Program. While you are there visit the working shipyard and watch traditional craftsmen at work.
Choptank River Lighthouse, Cambridge, MD
The Choptank River Lighthouse is a fine example of the “screwpile” style characteristic of the Chesapeake Bay. Originally the lighthouse guided ships in the Choptank River but was dismantled in 1964 by the U.S. Coast Guard. Today the replica, completed in 2012, stands at the end of a dock on the waterfront in Cambridge and has become a new icon for the city. The lighthouse features a small museum to remember generations of watermen, sailors and travelers who enjoyed its shining guidance.