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 the United States, Thomas Point Shoal. You will be guided by one of our experienced lighthouse docents and learn the history of the light, the life of a keeper in the early days and the role of our modern-day Coast Guard. Built in 1875 and now a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last “intact” lighthouse of its kind left in its original location. All updates can be found at

The duration of the tour is 1.5 hours and includes a 30 minute boat ride to the lighthouse, a docent led tour of the interior, and a 30 minute return boat ride. Tours depart from Annapolis, Maryland. The specific dock is located at waters edge behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum located at 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403. The vessel will be moored at the closest pier to the Horn Point Marina.

Three tours are offered each day. One at 9:00 am, one at 11:00 pm and the third at 1:00 pm

Reservations Required

Seating is limited, so secure your space early. Tickets are available on our Tour Calendar page.
If you have questions, please contact: U.S. Lighthouse Society headquarters at (415) 362-7255 or email

Cost: $85 Per Person

If you are interested in becoming a docent for our tours, visit our training page

Contact: John Potvin
Lighthouse Manager
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
Update: 04/30/21

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