Timeline: Cedar Point Lighthouse

(One of the shorter-lived lighthouse on the Bay)
1896: Three-story cottage-style structure of wood & brick with a square white tower attached to one corner built on a peninsula near the entrance to the Patuxent River.

October 31, 1896:  Fourth-order Fresnel lens flashing red at five-second intervals is lit.

1907:  First erosion control project initiated.

1915:  Keeper George M. Willis is awarded the silver efficiency star.

1918:  Keepers George M. Willis and Edward Farrow are awarded the inspector’s efficiency star.

1928: Lighthouse abandoned by the U.S. Coast Guard and sold to Arundel Corporation for $2,100. Lighthouse now surrounded by water. Automated beacon installed.

August 8, 1958: Island and Lighthouse deeded to Navy from Arundel Corporation.

December 14, 1981: Lighthouse lantern removed.

1984: Cupola on display at Patuxent Naval Air Test Museum.

October 17, 1996: Barge and crane remove the roof, bricks, and “Sunburst” design which were delivered to Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD.

Sources: Booklet – “Life at Cedar Point” by the NAS Patuxent River Natural & Cultural Resources Office, the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, “The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake” by Robert de Gast and Chapter’s website.

Updated 5/27/2020

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