A Look Back at Lighthouses
Updated: Mar 2
Concord Point Lighthouse. derek jefferies/shutterstock
Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace towers over the Susquehanna River where it meets the tidal flow of the Chesapeake Bay. Constructed of granite from nearby Port Deposit, it was originally lit with whale oil lamps. The lighthouse was automated in 1920 and is still an active navigational aid. Both the lighthouse and the keeper’s house have been fully restored and are open to the public on weekends from April to October. A popular spot for weddings and special events.
Sharps Island Lighthouse sits on an island that is now under water. Named for early Quaker doctor Peter Sharp, the light sits 3 miles south-southeast of Tilghman Island and can be spotted from Black Walnut Point. The caisson-style structure is easy to identify—it tilts 15 degrees, having been knocked askew by an ice floe in the winter of 1976-1977.
Hooper Strait Lighthouse / jorge moro/shutterstock
Hooper Strait Lighthouse once helped mariners navigate the dangerous shoals at the mouth of Tangier Sound, but it now stands on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. A screwpile-style lighthouse, it’s built on special iron pilings that feature large corkscrew shaped tips that could be screwed into the muddy bottom of the Bay.
Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse can be found at the edge of the shipping channel, east-southeast of Kent Island. Stories abound regarding the origin of the name, but the truth behind the chilling moniker has been lost to time. A 1960 fire gutted the interior including the keeper’s quarters. The light was automated soon after and still guides boats today.
Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse / ken schulze/shutterstock
Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse is located just half a mile from shore at Sandy Point State Park and is visible from the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The first lighthouse was on the point itself. The current three-story structure has been privately owned since 2006. The Coast Guard abandoned efforts to maintain the light in 2019.
Which lighthouse can be seen from the Bay Bridge?