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

Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

 
 
Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.  This lighthouse was originally located forty miles south of here –in Hopper Strait—where its light marked the location of one of the Chesapeake Bay’s many hidden sand bars. Because the Bay is mostly shallow, sailing a boat from the harbor to harbor without running aground is a tricky business. Lighthouses are essential to safe navigation.

When it was built in 1879, most people and products in the region traveled by water. This was a time of enormous growth in shipping, fishing, and steamboat traffic, making lighthouses like this one vital to the Bay’s economy.

Out in the middle of Hooper Strait—almost five miles away from the nearest landing—the lighthouse was as remote as a desert island. Living in the lighthouse as its keeper was a lonely and difficult job.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 38° 47.253′ N, 76° 13.159′ W.

Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
2. Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker
Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east. This marker is on the grounds of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. 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 location. How the Screwpile Lighthouse Got Its Name (a few steps from this marker); Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (a few steps from this marker); Iconic Chesapeake Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Bell Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); Heard Through the Fog (within shouting distance of this marker); Tolchester Beach Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Thor, Pilothouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
More about this marker. The marker has significant weather damage.
 
Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
3. Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker
Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
4. Hooper Strait Lighthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 365 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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