The Point Lookout Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Potomac River at the Bay and was originally constructed in 1830 as a one-and-a-half story wooden and masonry building. It was raised to two-stories in 1883 with the light raised to 41 feet. A free-standing fog bell was built in 1872, however, after the buoy repair shed was built in 1883, the bell could not be heard by mariners. A new bell tower was constructed and attached to the east end of the coal shed in 1889 to ensure mariners could hear the bell. The lighthouse was remodeled again in 1927 to its present day configuration as a duplex to allow two keepers and their families to live onsite.
In 1951 the US Navy purchased land near the light. The US Coast Guard gave the US Navy the lighthouse in 1966 upon deactivation. The lighthouse had been active for more than 135 years. Currently the lighthouse is surrounded
by chain link fence and is open to the public one day a month from April through November; please see www.PLLPS.org for the current open house schedule.
The State of Maryland obtained ownership of the lighthouse in February 2006. A huge restoration project has been started, with plans that include turning the Point Lookout Lighthouse into a museum for the public to view. No date
is available for completion on this project.