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St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker
Inscription.  When fog hides a lighthouse's beacon, sailors need an audible signal to guide them. So a fog tower containing a bell was frequently built alongside a lighthouse. Large bells, such as the 1,100 pound bell in this tower were used because their sound carried a long distance.

Point Lookout Lighthouse and this fog bell tower stood near the treacherous crossroads where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay—a place where both weather and shipping traffic were tricky. In 1965, the Coast Guard closed Point Lookout Lighthouse and the fog bell tower. Their function was taken over by a steel tower placed offshore. The fog bell tower was then moved to the Museum.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 38° 47.255′ N, 76° 13.174′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 North Talbot Street, Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iconic Chesapeake Light (a few steps from this
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marker); Last Bell Foundry (a few steps from this marker); Tolchester Bandstand (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Heard Through the Fog (a few steps from this marker); Tolchester Beach Bandstand (a few steps from this marker); Delaware (a few steps from this marker); Hooper Strait Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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