CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Jul 18, 2011, 09:36
Lighthouse lovers are invited to attend National Lighthouse Day on Sunday, August 7, 2011 in Calvert and Saint Mary's County. It was on this day in 1789 that Congress first approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses. Two hundred years later, Congress declared August 7 as the official day to celebrate the history and purpose of lighthouses across America. Special tours and events are planned at five Southern Maryland lighthouses in celebration of how these beacons have helped to keep our waters safe.
The Calvert Marine Museum will have both the Drum Point Lighthouse and Cove Point Lighthouse open for tours from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cove Point is free; museum admission is required to see the Drum Point Lighthouse. Hangman's Faire will perform sea shanties and lighthouse songs under the Drum Point Lighthouse beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Museum Store will highlight special lighthouse merchandise, and there will be childrenís activities throughout the day. For information and directions, visit the museumís website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
In celebration of National Lighthouse Day, the Point Lookout Lighthouse will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and docents will be giving exterior tours of the coal/buoy sheds. There will also be a special scavenger hunt for children 12 and under. The fee to enter the park is $5 per person for Maryland residents, $6 for others. For additional information and details on the scavenger hunt, visit www.pllps.org.
The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Keepers Quarters will be open for tours and local artists will be on site. The fee is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors/military, and $1.50 for students. For more information, visit www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/PPL.asp.
The Blackistone Island Lighthouse, which was reconstructed in 2008 will also be open in celebration of National Lighthouse Day. Blackistone Island Lighthouse is located on St. Clements Island State Park and water taxi service to the island will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for a fee of $7, weather permitting. For information, visit www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/stclementsisland.asp.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Become a fan on Facebook.