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Drum Point Lighthouse

 
 
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By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
1. Drum Point Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. “The necessity of a light at this point is very great, as all vessels bound up or down the Chesapeake put in at this place during the winter to seek protection from floating ice; and as the entrance is formed by a low sand spit, which cannot be seen at night, vessels are often obliged to anchor outside the above mentioned point until daylight, and in consequence, are often driven ashore in heavy and adverse winds.” (Lt. William D. Porter, 1883)

Drum Point Lighthouse was built in 1883 to mark the northern approach to the Patuxent River. It was originally located due south of Drum Point, 120 yards offshore, on five acres of submerged land conveyed by Maryland to the federal government.

A white-painted hexagonal wooden structure was built on seven iron screwpiles. All parts were prefabricated and numbered, enabling assembly in only thirty-three days. A fourth-order Fresnel lens was installed and first lit on August 20, 1883, showing a fixed red light. The living quarters contained four equal-size rooms on the first floor-kitchen, sitting room, and two bedrooms. The second floor contained two additional rooms, one housing the bell striking mechanism. Four 200-gallon tanks collected water from the roof.
 
Location. 38° 19.872′ N, 76° 27.804′ 

Drum Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
2. Drum Point Lighthouse Marker
W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Solomons Island Road, South. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14200 Solomons Island Road, South, Solomons MD 20688, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wm. B. Tennison (a few steps from this marker); Menace on the Horizon (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Railway Gears (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Drum Point Lighthouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Calvert County (about 700 feet away); Perils along the Patuxent (about 700 feet away); Solomon's Island (approx. mile away); Apt Anchorage (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Solomons.
 
Also see . . .  Drum Point, MD - Lighthouse Friends.com. (Submitted on October 12, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Drum Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
3. Drum Point Lighthouse Marker
Drum Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
4. Drum Point Lighthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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