The Chesapeake Chapter of the USLHS is pleased to announce that the long awaited structural restoration of the “hips and joints” of the Thomas Point Lighthouse has begun. Crews started at the end of April and removed the scaffolding that has been on the west side since last fall. Over $413,000 in donations and grants are giving us the ability to complete this important project despite the Coronavirus pandemic. Our contractor, Marine Solutions, Inc. has all the steel beams and tie rods prepared for installation. It will take us 6 to 8 weeks to complete this important project.
Project Manager Tom McCracken, lighthouse Manager John Potvin and Audacious Captain Howard Lewis were out during the week of May 4 to check on the status of the project. There is still much to be completed, including installation of a new roof on the privy, replacement of hand rails that were removed to replace the wood beam last fall and a general clean-up for the season.
Unfortunately, some very high tides in the past few weeks have damaged the landing dock which will now need to be re-built. You can help save Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse by donating directly through the USLHS. Be sure to click on the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse to ensure your tax deductible donation goes to TPSLH. Activities with Preservationists, Woodworkers, Volunteers and tour have been suspended through June. We sincerely hope the situation changes and we can resume normal operations. We now have more than 60 Docents trained and available for tours, and our list of volunteers for Preservation activities has doubled in the past year. We will announce on May 15, 2020 the schedule going forward, which is highly dependent on the Governor’s decision regarding a return to some normalcy.
Contact: John Potvin
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse