Cove Point Light Station

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3500 Lighthouse Boulevard, Lusby, MD, USA
Cove Point Light Station - Port screen painting of Cove Point Lighthouse
Cove Point Light Station - Cove Point Lighthouse and the keeper's cottage
Cove Point Light Station - Cove Point Lighthouse and Calvert Cliff's Nuclear Power Plant in the back
Cove Point Light Station - Cove Point Lighthouse and Calvert Cliffs
Cove Point Light Station - Cove Point with the LNG piers

Cove Point Light Station Lusby Reviews

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Cove Point 1828 - Still an Active Lighthouse Jul 07, 2000
Cove Point is still an active lighthouse in Lusby near Calvert Cliffs at the narrowest part of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to Calvert Cliffs, where there is a state park and fossiling possibilities. You can see a nuclear power plant from the bay at this point and the LNG platform to the north. My photographs of Cove Point were when I was first using digital photography. My port screen painting includes the LNG piers

The Cove Point, MD Lighthouse was built in 1828 and still retains the original caisson with octagonal brick dwelling / light tower. It is 51 feet tall and was build by John Donohoo, the same person who built the Concord Point light (which is an earlier light, which I have not yet seen). It cost less to build than Congress budgeted for it.

Originally 11 lamps were used, each with a 18" reflector. These were replaced in 1855 with a fifth order Fresnel lens, then again in 1899 with a fourth order lens. While the light is now electrified, the old winding mechanism and counterweights are still in working order. Like other land based lights on the Bay, the keepers dwelling began as a simple single story home and was later enlarged (1883) by the addition of a second story. Several fog bell towers have also graced the site over the years.

The lighthouse was deeded to the Calvert Maritime Museum in 2000 and there are shuttle buses twice a day on weekends and Holidays, May and September, and daily June, July and August. The lighthouse is closed October through May.

Admission is free with payment of admission to the Museum (normal adult admission is $7.00) . Cove Pt. Access is only available by shuttle bus from the Museum in Solomons. Originally, you could NOT drive directly to the lighthouse. I understand that you can now get there directly.

WARNING: If there are not enough volunteers working at the museum, the the shuttle bus does not run, regardless of the schedule. I still have not visited this lighthouse by land.
Cove Point Lighthouse and Calvert …
Port screen painting of Cove Point…
Cove Point with the LNG piers
Cove Point Lighthouse and Calvert …
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