Lighthouse, Two for the price of one

Drum Point Lighthouse


The Drum Point lighthouse is a part of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland.

The lighthouse tours are guided conducted throughout the year; you may enter with a paid admission to the Calvert Marine Museum. The hexagonal screwpile lighthouse was operational in 1883 the original location was the northern mouth of the Patuxent River in 10 feet of water. The lighthouse decommissioned in 1962 replaced by a lighted buoy. Drum point was later restored and moved to the museum grounds in 1975.

The Cove Point lighthouse is also a part of the Calvert Marine Museum and can be accessible by shuttle bus.

The lighthouse tours are guided and have a video, but not accessible year round. You do not have to pay admission to enter this lighthouse, remember check before you travel to the lighthouse on your own. The Conical brick tower lighthouse was operational in 1828 the location is four miles north of the Patuxent River entrance. This is Maryland’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse, which has a fully automated light and a range of 19 miles.

Don’t forget to bring your lighthouse passport to receive your unique lighthouse stamp. If you do not have a lighthouse passport you can purchase one in the museum or order one online from the United States lighthouse society.

You can make this a day trip or spend the night; there are bed and breakfasts with lot’s to do in the area.

As the family and I started out on our journey from the nearby Nation’s Capital our plan estimated the trip would take one hour and thirty minutes. The weather conditions were just right for driving down to where the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River meet. The traffic in our area is rather congested but this Sunday the traffic flowed as calm as a lazy brook, this was nice to see for a change. As we traveled down route 4 the rustic environment just set the tone for the lighthouse treasures we were about to discover. My daughter asked what else is there to do there with that I thought it would be nice to pick up a brochure or two from the Fairview Visitors information center to see what else we would combine with our lighthouse tour. When we got down to route 2-4 the Sun started to play peekaboo sending striking rays of warmth which only made the day that much better. The first lighthouse of the day was Cove Point, driving down Cove point road only increased the anticipation as I felt like we were going the wrong way. When we reached Cove point it seemed like a scene from out of one of my Sci-fi movies. The fence was automatic and started to roll back just as we pulled up as if the lighthouse was haunted and was expecting us. As I drove forward a few yards, I saw the volunteer keeper step out from the bushes next to the gate. She said welcome we just opened, I felt special to be was the first visitor of the day and relieved so far the Cove is not haunted. When it was time to leave the Cove it was hard to depart, it was almost like being at a resting plot where you talk to yourself aloud, and asking so many questions you had desired to be answered. I grabbed every pamphlet and brochure in sight just to make sure all the information, I collected was correct. All the while the kid in me, well let’s just say ‘We’ got the lighthouse stamp. Thank you for the answers Ms. Huntington, Thank you.

We were now on our way to the next light house, just ten minutes away. I was on a roller coaster preparing to get back in line before the ride was over saying next time I’m going to put my hands in the air, but keep my cool and not yell.

We reached the lighthouse and I stopped in the middle of the street and pulled out my camera and snapped off a few photos as if the sky was falling. I saw the lighthouse and said what a beauty! There were four levels and I went on each one, even the outside of level two. What a journey through time, this was truly a time machine because man did we go back in time. The restoration was immaculate, you felt as if you were a member of the Keepers family. Once more it was time to say good bye, so  I strolled along the dock back to the Museum to get my lighthouse stamp.

As we traveled home the time machine was still in effect, only this time we were in the future because we hovered all the way home on cloud nine. At the end of the day I felt tranquil and calm. My creative thoughts were organized and flowing, reflective on my day. I know time did not stand still, but I felt as if time slowed down just for me.

Written by John Saulsbery