The structure of the lighthouse is showing severe deterioration, and a contractor has been selected to complete a major restoration of the steel beams that hold up the cottage style lighthouse. Work started this fall, and will continue next spring. The USLHS received a grant from the Maryland Historic Trust for $100,000, and has raised an additional $140,000 through donations, additional grants, the GO FUND ME campaign and our very first Thomas Point Shoal Gala. But it will not be enough to complete the restoration. Additional help is needed and the GO FUND ME campaign and other sources of income will help us raise additional funds.
The United States Lighthouse Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible. You can help save Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse by donating.
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Thomas Point Inaugural Gala – Results – A Note from the Committee
I want to personally thank everyone who volunteered and assisted with the inaugural Thomas Point Gala on November 2. Your assistance made for a smooth gala. We sold out the Gala and had over 200 people attend.
There are too many sponsors, organizations, volunteers and donors to thank individually, so a big thank you to each and everyone of you. Overall we raised $34,000 and we had an additional surprise cash donation of $20,000 from a donor at the Gala.
These funds will go a long way to helping Thomas Point remain strong as the only Screwpile in the Chesapeake Bay remaining in its original location.
We embarked on a plan to restore the lighthouse structure this year and were awarded a $100,000 grant from the Maryland Historic Trust. Recognizing the MHT fund would not be enough, we started fundraising this spring, and thus far, have raised an additional $35,000 from the Davidsonville Ruritan Club, the United States Lighthouse Society and the Chesapeake Chapter of the USLHS, $42,000 in a GO FUND ME campaign, and a matching grant from a local donor. This plus the funds from the Gala total $250,000.
While undertaking the structural restoration, we discovered a cracked wood beam. This beam is equally important to the structural integrity of the lighthouse, so we have obtained MHT approval to replace the beam, have located an “old world” beam and are preparing to install it in the next two weeks (weather permitting). The beam is projected to cost approximately $50,000 on top of our overall steel budget of $300,000. We have started replacement of 4 steel beams and 6 tie rods before winter this year, and will hopefully complete the replacement next year.
We are continuing to raise funds to cover the expected shortfall of $100,000.
Thank you all again. If you were not able to attend the Gala this year, fear not. We will be holding another Gala next year. Watch for a date and join us then.
John Potvin Committee Chair
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse