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COVE POINT LIGHT

State: MARYLAND
Location: COVE POINT / PATUXENT RIVER ENTRANCE
Nearest City: LUSBY
County: CALVERT
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1828


Cove Point Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1828
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1986
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: BRICK W/CONCRETE COATING
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 51
  • Original Optic: 13 PATENT LAMPS W/PARABOLIC REFLECTORS
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1928
  • Height of Focal Plane: 45
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH-ORDER LENS (BUILT IN 1897 AND INSTALLED 1928) IS STILL IN OPERATION
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES (WOODEN FOG SIGNAL TOWER ON SITE SINCE 1901)
  • Year Constructed: 1950
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: MODERN RECTANGULAR
  • Fog Signal Type: ELECTRIC DIAPHONE/ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1828 (ENLARGED 1883, 1925)
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: VERNACULAR DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: 2ND DWELLING

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM EXHIBIT TO OPEN MAY 2001

Owner/Manager: CALVERT COUNTY / CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM (USCG ACCESS TO LIGHT)

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #73000907
Name of Listing: COVE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1970

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