Drum Point Lighthouse

Drum Point Lighthouse (HM14WU)

Location: Solomons, MD 20688 Calvert County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 19.872', W 76° 27.804'

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"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.

HM NumberHM14WU
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 372094 N 4243576
Decimal Degrees38.33120000, -76.46340000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.872', W 76° 27.804'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 52.32" N, 76° 27' 48.24" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 215 Lore Pines Ln, Solomons MD 20688, US
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