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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Forever Stamp Issued!

On a rainy day in Annapolis, Maryland, the Chesapeake Chapter celebrated the U.S. Postal Service dedication of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Forever Stamp. The stamp is part of a set of five Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses. Along with Thomas Point Shoal in Maryland it also features, Montauk Point, New York; Harbor of Refuge, Delaware; Navesink, New …

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Keepers Mascot: Moana Elliott

Mascot 126 is Moana Elliott. Owner Jim provided this info: Moana is a Snowshoe cat, and, like her ancestors the Siamese, is apointed cat, meaning she is short-haired with light-colored areas in seal or blue, four white feet and blue eyes. Moana came into our lives in September of 2017 when someone left her secured …

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NEW on our website!!

Thomas Point Artist Trading Coin

Latest information on our website!

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Historical Placard: Greenbury Point Lighthouse August 2020

Greenbury Point Lighthouse Placard

The Greenbury Point Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in August 2020. It will be displayed in the crew lounge at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Annapolis, Maryland

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Historical Placard: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse August 2020

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in August 2020. It is displayed in the U.S. Coast Guard Station Crew Lounge in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Keeper Bio: William Raabe

Date of Service: 1890-1925 1855:  Born June 27th in Germany. 1869:  Immigrates to the United States from Germany. 1880:  Occupation is listed as a Sailor living in Baltimore with his wife, Annie, in the U.S. Census. 1890–1891:  Serves as First Assistant at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $420/year. 1891:  Serves as First …

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Keeper Bio: Joseph Francis Talbott

Keepers

Date of Service: 1883-1922 1857:  Born December 10th to in Anne Arundel County, MD. 1876-1879: Serves as an apprentice as a Brass Finisher in Baltimore, MD., at J.H. Register & Sons. 1879-1883:   Works as a Fireman with the United States Lighthouse Service. 1883:   Serves as Assistant Keeper at Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, NC., from February …

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Keeper Bio: Henry Clay Wingate

Date of Service: 1902 – 1927   1862:  Born May 19 to parents Thomas and Mary Wingate in Dorchester County, MD. 1880: Occupation is listed as Sailor in the U.S. Census 1889:  Henry is discharged from the Army on November 16 (Spanish American War) 1890: Marries Nettie J. Dodge. 1900: Occupation is listed as day …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keepers Noah and Nancy Lawson – May 8, 2021

Lighthouse plaque

Any questions, email Keeper Grave Dedication Ceremony programs@cheslights.org  Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Charles C. Tyler – May 8, 2021

Lighthouse plaque

Any questions, email Keeper Grave Dedication Ceremony programs@cheslights.org  Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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Historical Placard: New Point Comfort, Stingray Point, Wolf Trap and Windmill Point Lighthouse

A total of four indoor placards were presented in May 2021. Those four include the New Point Comfort, Stingray Point, Wolf Trap & Windmill Point Lighthouse. They are displayed in the Gwynn’s Island Museum, Gwynn, Virginia. Tom Edwards, Director of Gwynn’s Island Museum, accepting delivery of the four indoor placards in May 2021.

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Historical Placard: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse July 2020

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in July 2020. It is displayed in the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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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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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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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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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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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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