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Concord Point Lighthouse
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SECOND OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE IN MARYLAND
Sep 21, 2014 by: Maurene_K from Dover, New Hampshire
This city-owned lighthouse is in a picturesque setting at one end of a bayside park with commanding views of the mouth of the mighty Susquehanna River and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Its purpose was to warn of strong currents and shoals. It’s the second oldest lighthouse in Maryland. The boatwright at the nearby Havre de Grace Maritime Museum told me that outside the channels, most of the Upper Chesapeake Bay around Havre de Grace is about chest deep. On him, that would be about 5 feet deep. LIGHTHOUSE STATS: Built: 1827 Marks: Mouth of Susquehanna River & Upper Chesapeake Bay Height: 36 feet Last Active Optic: 5th order Fresnel lens (1891) Automated: 1920 Decommissioned: 1975 At the time of our visit on a Friday, the lighthouse was not open for visits. Two workers were painting the exterior and working on the interior. I leaned that that the tongue-and-groove mahogany door and lock are original, dating back to 1827. I got a glimpse of some of the 27 granite steps that lead up to an 8-rung iron ladder to lantern room. The granite came by barge from nearby Port Deposit. I learned that, soon after the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1975, the 5th order Fresnel lens mysteriously disappeared and was believed to have been stolen. It is also believed that the present 5th order Fresnel lens on loan from the Coast Guard and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is actually the original Fresnel lens that disappeared in 1975. The lighthouse is open from April to October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM weather permitting. Admission is free, but donations are requested. The keeper’s house across the street was also closed. It was undergoing extensive exterior restoration and roofing. That house holds a gift shop and exhibits. We spent about an hour photographing the lighthouse, watching the workers, walking in the park, and looking at the historic marker and info boards. The entire public park is wheelchair accessible on finished walkways. There are also park benches to rest on for those with limited walking capabilities. Then, we went to the adjacent Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, a small but well-done museum. If you found this review helpful, kindly click YES below
Quaint and historic
Aug 29, 2014 by: T H from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Our first visit to Havre de Grace. Learned a lot of history, ate well, stayed a fabulous B&B (Vandiver's).
Small, but Interesting.
Aug 18, 2014 by: Iwaswandering from Collingswood, New Jersey
This is the smallest lighthouse that I have ever seen, but it is well-preserved and it offers a nice view of the Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River convergence area. The upper room was hot, tight and filled with insects. I would visit again on a cool day in the Autumn.
Aug 10, 2014 by: tmsr48 from Baltimore, Maryland
Decided to take an afternoon trip to Concord Point Lighthouse with family in from Florida. If you plan on visiting this incredible place, look up when they let you walk up the steps into to light house. Also know that there is a wonderful promenade that wanders along the shore line for about a quarter mile with views of the Susquehana River as it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. You will find a small, yet very good eatery with fish, ice cream, etc. for your summer enjoyment. No admission costs and beautiful pictures if you have your camera. In fact, bring your camera!
National Lighthouse Day
Aug 08, 2014 by: HelenM200 from Oreland, Pennsylvania, United States
We got lucky, and it was National Lighthouse Day on Thursday so we got to walk to the top of the lighthouseabout 20 steps and then 10 steps up the ladder. It was a nice view and the volunteers were very nice and helpful. Make sure to stop in the Light keepers house across the street.
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