Timeline: Fog Point Lighthouse

1826:   Congress appropriates $3,500 to construct a lighthouse at Fog’s Point on the northwestern tip of Smith Island on May 18.

1827:   Built by John Donahoo, the structure was a white brick house with a stone tower with a lantern placed on top of the roof dwelling.

1838:   The light in the dwelling burns ten lamps with 16-inch reflectors. It is reported to be well maintained.

1850:   It is reported that several of the zinc roof sheets are loose and the lantern room is somewhat leaky. The structure needs painting and whitewashing.

1855:   A fifth-order Fresnel lens is installed on August 18.

1864:   It is reported that the present lanterns are defective and need to be replaced.

1867:   Franklin lamps are installed to replace the fountain lamps. New lanterns are installed.

1868:   The station is reported to be in good condition.

1869:   The station is reported to be in good condition.

1874:   Congress appropriates $15,000 to construct a lighthouse, Solomon’s Lump, between Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia to replace Fog Point Lighthouse.

1875:   Fog Point Lighthouse is discontinued and abandoned on September 10, after the completion of Solomon’s Lump Lighthouse.


  1. Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years.
  2. Annual Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances, various years.
  3. Forgotten Beacons, Patrick Hornberger & Linda Turbyville, 1997

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