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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Alexander Andersen – March 27, 2021

Lighthouse plaque

On Saturday March 27 at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Baltimore Maryland, the Chapter honored Alexander Andersen for his many decades of service on lightships. This was the Chapter’s first ever Lighthouse Service grave marker installation for an employee who served exclusively on lightships. In addition to lighthouses, the U.S. Lighthouse Service also operated lighthouse tenders …

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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse News

The much anticipated public tours of this National Historic Landmark and icon of the Chesapeake Bay are here! Now’s your chance to tour the inside of this historic structure! You’ve seen it in pictures, viewed it from shore, maybe boated right by it. Now tour the interior of one of the most photographed lighthouses in …

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Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Lighthouses/Lightships/ Lifesaving Station Information – 2021 UPDATE!

LSS, Lewes, DE

This information was provided by personnel from the various organizations listed below and may be subject to change. Last Update: April 2, 2019

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Education: The Severn River Association presentation

Thanks to our Education Chair, Bob Stevenson, our speakers program has gone virtual! His latest talk for The Severn River Association presentation, “Annapolis Lighthouses/ Lost Treasures Mark a Changing Region” via zoom on Tuesday February 16 had 140 people registered. The presentation introduces chronologically, 13 lighthouses in the Annapolis area. Only 6 and the partial …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – August 21 &22, 2020

Thomas Point in August of 2020

Even with the curtailed tours and preservation events Thomas Point Lighthouse has been getting some TLC this season.  As John Potvin, Lighthouse Manager and Director of Preservation for the Thomas Point restoration efforts reports, work resumed in May to replace the steel beams and tie rods for the under-structure. This work was done by contractor …

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NEW on our website!!

Thomas Point Artist Trading Coin

Latest information on our website!

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Lighthouse Histories Workday: At Home on a date and time of your choice!

Preservation Work From Home If you’re a Chapter member we already know you love lighthouses. But if you are also a history buff and you’re looking for something to do while at home we have a tailor made project for you. Several years ago the Chapter had a project to help update the lighthouse histories …

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Crossed-the-Bar • Al Smith • 1942 – 2019 & BJ Smith • 1944 – 2020

Al and family

This painting of Al was commissioned by our Chapter Secretary and presented to Al’s wife in appreciation for all the work Al performed for our Chapter. Shortly after he submitted his membership and 40+3 reports for this newsletter, Membership Chairman Al Smith was hospitalized. On January 16, Al lost his battle with brain cancer. He …

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Scouts take the 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

Chapter Scout Patch

This quarter we celebrate the scouts that completed the 12th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. The Farrell family from Valrico, Florida. Sierra, a Junior and Kayla, a Daisy Girl Scout along with their mom, Jennifer, completed what is the equivalent to the 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge in June to earn the “Keeping the Lights Shining” Scout patch …

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Past Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Souvenirs Available for Purchase

As a Challenge fundraiser, and while supplies last, we are selling previous years’ Challenge souvenirs!  Round out your Challenge memorabilia with any of the following souvenir sets.  Remember, these items also make great gifts and/or stocking stuffers for those lighthouse lovers on your Christmas list! The proceeds from the sale of these items go directly …

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Chapter Receives Maryland Governor’s Citation

Maryland Governor's Citation

Maryland Governor’s Citation conferred to the Chesapeake Chapter “in recognition of the unique and historic role which the Lighthouse has played in helping to build our great Nation…in celebration of the 12th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

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1st Finishers Results! – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

FIRST OVERALL FINISHERS: Point Lookout Christy & Russ Wnuk-Fink from Laurel, Maryland Saturday at 12:57 pm Saturday, September 21 Piney Point Sarah Jones Kirk and David Lee Kirk from Mechanicsville, Virginia at 4:26 pm Cove Point Brothers, Greg Capel Jr. from Glassboro, New Jersey and Adam Capel from Sewell, New Jersey at 4:35 pm Sunday, …

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After Challenge Survey – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2019 Pin

We would love to hear from you, whether or not you attended this year’s MD Lighthouse Challenge. If you only visited one or numerous lighthouses, attended previous years or other state challenges, we want your feedback to help us make the event a bigger success! Thank you!

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Special Edition Newsletter – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

Download the Special Edition – in color! – of the 12th Challenge Newsletter! Featuring  The Artful Lighthouse Challenge The 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge by Lauren & Paula Liebrecht and Karen Rosage 19ChallengeIssue.pdf

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Historical Placard: Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse (Outdoor)

The Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse outdoor placard was presented July 12, 2019.  It is located in Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Maryland. Click on photo to enlarge Contact: Programs Director programs@cheslights.org

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Historical Placard: Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (Outdoor)

The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse outdoor placard was presented June 28, 2019 .  It is located in Fort Smallwood County Park in Pasadena, MD. Click on photo to enlarge Contact: Programs Director programs@cheslights.org

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Crossed-the-Bar • Jerry Waters • 1943- 2019

On Thursday March 28th the Chapter lost a great friend and one of its founding members. Jerry Waters passed away after a brief hospitalization. Jerry was one of our earliest Chapter members and was a key member of the Chapter Board, serving as the Treasurer for many years. He was involved in many of the …

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Celebration of Life for Candace Clifford

On October 21, 2018 a Celebration of Life for Candace Clifford was held at Glen Echo Park, MD. We said a final goodbye to our friend Candace with representatives from our Chapter and the U.S. Lighthouse Society present. Photos by Tony Pasek

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We are now on Twitter!

Follow us on Twitter!  @cheslightsuslhs

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Lighthouse Stamps

Lighthouse Stamps

If you support the idea of the US Postal Service issuing a set of postage stamps that features five lighthouses from the Chesapeake Bay, then the Chesapeake Chapter, USLHS requests that you take one of the pre-printed letters with you. Please fill out your name, address and the date up top and sign at the …

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If You Think This is Cold – Icy Days on The Bay

Photo by Larry Liebrecht Ice chokes the Potomac in front of Ft. Washington Lighthouse

As the cold weather settles over much of the country have you been daydreaming of warmer weather and maybe the quiet life of a lighthouse Keeper from days past? The allure of lighthouses often contains romanticized visions of existence in pristine, wild places with Keepers filling free time with fishing or watching the boats go …

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Thomas Point Shines Again

Contractors putting the red back in the roof.

If you’ve been looking at the photos of our workdays at Thomas Point over the last few months you may have noticed the roof was looking a little less than pristine. Well this past week a group of professional contractors from All-Type Roofing out of landlocked Harrisburg PA traveled down to Maryland and put the shine back …

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2014 Fall Chapter Board Meeting Photos

Concord Point Keeper's House

The Chapter Fall Board Meeting was held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Concord Point Keepers House in Havre de Grace, MD Click here to see more photos on our Facebook page. (You do not need to have a Facebook account) View Larger Map

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U.S. Lights App Review

Chesapeake Lights article – Winter 2014 by Cory Talbott Your smartphone may have the answer for the best way to enhance your lighthouse viewing excursions. Lighthouse apps can be a quick way to have the current information on your lighthouse quest at your fingertips, whether you are in your car, planning a weekend trip, or …

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INTRODUCING the 3rd Patch in the Lost Light Series

Jordan Point Patch

The lost lights series of patches will commemorate lighthouses we have lost over the years. The third Patch from the Lost Lights series features Jordan Point Lighthouse which was located in Virginia. The first Jordan Point Lighthouse was built in 1855 on the James River near Hopewell, Virginia. This first lighthouse was a white keeper’s …

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INTRODUCING the 2nd Patch in the Lost Light Series

Mispillion Patch

The lost lights series of patches will commemorate lighthouses we have lost over the years. The second Patch from the Lost Lights series features Mispillion Lighthouse which was located in Delaware. The Mispillion Lighthouse depicted in this second patch of the Lost Lights series was built in 1873. The light has a square wooden tower …

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INTRODUCING the 1st Patch in the Lost Light Series

Cedar Point Patch

The lost lights series of patches will commemorate lighthouses we have lost over the years. The first Patch from the Lost Lights series features Cedar Point Lighthouse which was located in Maryland. The cottage style dwelling was completed in 1896 and originally sat on a peninsula. The patch displays the lighthouse, oil shed and bell …

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