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Drum Point Light
Solomons, Maryland

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Date Established: 1883
Date Present Tower Built: 1883
Date Automated: 1960
Height of Tower: 47 ft.


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Open to Public?: Yes

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Drum Point is one of the screw pile lighthouses formerly located in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Drum Point was built in 1883 and is what is termed a "cottage-type" lighthouse. There 45 such lighthouses dotting the waters of Chesapeake Bay around 1900. Drum Point is one of only three that remains. The lighthouse was automated in 1960 and then moved to its present location in 1975. The lighthouse now belongs to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD and is open 1000-1700 hrs daily except holidays. The grounds and lighthouse are open to visitors. It is a unique experience to visit the lighthouse and to imagine what living in the lighthouse would have been like while it was still located out in the bay.

Submitted by: lighthousephoto Date of last review: Tue Dec 30, 2008 Views: 3328

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Joined: 29 Aug 2006
Posts: 573
Review Date: Tue Dec 30, 2008 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 10 

Pros: beautifully restored and a wonderful light to visit
Cons: the only detractor is that there is a wood pier beneath the light now

Drum Point lighthouse has been moved from where it once stood in the waters of Chesapeake Bay to where it now stands atop a pier that is a part of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland. The lighthouse has been beautifully restored and should be a must visit for any lighthouse lover who happens to be in the area of Solomons. Climbing up to the lighthouse allows you to step back in time, although you have to use your imagination to put water beneath the lighthouse as it originally stood in the waters of the Bay. On the plus side, however, I'm glad that it has been saved and restored. This light is on my list to visit when I have time to go back and photograph the interior (take a flash with you if your camera doesn't have a built in flash). I didn't have one with me and was shooting Velvia 50 in my F5 when the posted photo was taken, which is hardly conducive to photographing the interior of this marvelous light.
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