Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse News

The Chesapeake Chapter of the USLHS is proud to announce that over $413,000 has now been donated, granted and funded to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, which will allow us to complete the structural restoration of the “hips and joints” of the lighthouse in 2020. The work will begin when the weather breaks in late April or early May. The contractor selected, Marine Solutions, Inc. is no stranger to Thomas Point, they were selected in 2019 after a competitive bid selection.

Project Manager Tom McCracken worked with them last fall in the replacement of three tie rods which were in critical condition. When they return this spring, an additional 17 tie rods will be replaced as well as 11 of the 12 steel beams. 

Grants were received from the Maryland Historic Trust for $100,000, the France-Merrick Foundation for $100,000, and an additional $140,000 through donations, additional grants, the GO FUND ME campaign and our very first Thomas Point Shoal Gala last fall. A small shortfall still exists and we are hopeful that additional donations will fill this gap.

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.

Over 80 people attended an appreciation event on March 7, 2020 at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to receive recognition of a very good 2019. The attendees enjoyed a lunch catered by Adams Ribs and watched a presentation featuring slides of the work completed in 2019. Special recognition of Bob Stevensonand our Docents highlighted the success of our tours in 2019, where 95% of the tours were sold out and we experienced an 83% increase in tours. It was the best year since 2013 for our tours.

Hobie Statzer was presented with a special award and beautiful painting by John Barber for his many years of contributions to the lighthouse. Hobie presented appreciation awards to the Preservationists, some of whom have crossed the bar. We also honored our contractors who have assisted us in the restorationof the lighthouse, including Ruben Arizmendi who has provided wood siding over the years at no costs for the exterior restoration. Bernie Lammers presented certificates to members of the Annapolis Woodworkers Guild who have spent almost every Friday at the lighthouse for the past several years working on the exterior.

Henry Gonzalez, former President of the Chesapeake Chapter and long-time Vice President of the USLHS announced that John Potvin, former Director of Preservation has been promoted to Lighthouse Manager, succeeding Henry’s position. Henry will still be involved in grant acquisition and overall monitoring of the project in his role as VP of the USLHS.

A perpetual trophy was presented to Randy Bollinger for his extraordinary commitment in 2019 to TPSLH. He was instrumental in getting sufficient sponsor income to cover the cost of the Gala, resulting in a substantial fundraising effort for the restoration. He also is a double dipper, working as a Docent and a Preservationist. He was promoted to Director of Tours this year, succeeding Gregg Greggory who has retired. He is already making an impact to the direction of the tours.

Contact: John Potvin
Lighthouse Manager
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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