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Drum Point Lighthouse
Drum Point Lighthouse

Drum Point lighthouse was constructed in 1883 at Drum Point, MD, about 2.1 miles east of itís present position. Initially, the Drum Point light station was to be located on land.

The white hexagonal wooden structure housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens. The fixed red light was visible thirteen nautical miles in clear weather. In poor visibility the fog bell would ring a double blow every fifteen seconds.

Drum Point Lighthouse at original locationBecause the lighthouse was located 1/16 of a mile off-shore and in shallow water, the keeper was able to have his family living with him.

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1962. It was moved to the Calvert Marine Museum in March of 1975. It has been restored to its' original appearance, due in part to the help of the daughter of the last keeper. It has been furnished with period antiques also.

The Drum Point Lighthouse is open year round, weather permitting, except for when the museum is closed on certain holidays (New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). Your admission fee for the museum also allows you to tour the lighthouse.

Admission fees:
Adults: $7.00
Senior Citizens (55 and older): $6.00
Children ages 5 to 12: $2.00
Children under 5: Free
CMMS members: Free


Timeline for Drum Point
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Starting from the Capital Beltway, Interstate 495-95, around Washington, DC. 

From Washington, D.C.:
Take State Route 4 east from the Washington Beltway to State Route 2-4 to Solomons. Once in Solomons, stay in the right lane of Route 2-4. It will exit to Route 2, passing under the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Make a left, drive approximately 200 yards, and the museum will be right in front of you.

From Baltimore:
Take Interstate 97 south from the Baltimore Beltway, to State Route 3 and U.S. Route 301 south to State Route 4. Continue south/east to State Route 2-4 to Solomons. Once in Solomons, stay in the right lane of Route 2-4. It will exit to Route 2, passing under the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Make a left, drive approximately 200 yards, and the museum will be right in front of you.

From Richmond, VA:
Take U.S. route 301 north into Maryland, then State Route 234 east to State Route 5, south on State Route 5 passing Leonardtown, left on State Route 4 across the Thomas Johnson Bridge (lower Patuxent River Bridge) to State Route 2 at east end of the bridge, then right approximately 500 feet to the museum.

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