Alert: The Point Lookout Lighthouse area is closed for ongoing renovations. Please maintain a safe distance from the worksite, as shown by safety barriers. When the renovations are complete, this website will be updated, along with notifications made through the Maryland Park Service social media pages.
Point Lookout Lighthouse was built in 1830 by John Donahoo for $3350. No photographs of the original structure exist, but based on records, the original lighthouse was 1 ½ stories tall and about one third of the size that it is today. The two lower rooms that face the bay form the footprint of the original structure. In 1883, the lighthouse was expanded to two full stories and the light was raised to 41 feet above sea level. In 1927, the lighthouse was expanded toward the Potomac River and divided into a duplex so that two families could live in the lighthouse. The kitchen and dining rooms were added to the first floor; on the second floor, directly above the kitchen and dining rooms, the bathroom, two bedrooms (facing the Potomac River) were added.
Keepers of the Light
Navy, Civilian, and Maryland Park Service Use
Many renovation efforts have been made since the lighthouse was last in service. Volunteers re-painted the exterior in 1996 and again in 2002. After control of the Lighthouse and associated grounds were given over to the Maryland Park Service in 2006, a volunteer organization, the Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society, began their efforts to maintain and restore different parts of the Lighthouse. Beginning in the summer of 2018, a large-scale renovation project was started by the State of Maryland in order to restore the Lighthouse to its appearance in the 1920’s. The project included extensive exterior and interior renovations to the main building, as well as a complete restoration to the historic 1880’s buoy and coal sheds. These construction portion of these renovations concluded in late 2020, allowing the Maryland Park Service an opportunity to add exhibits to the buildings to provide visitors with future educational experiences regarding the Lighthouse itself, life as a Point Lookout light keeper, and the Chesapeake.
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