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<ul><li><p>Thomas Point: Saving the Chesapeake's Most Famous Lighthouse | Sailing Beat</p><p>http://www.travelbeat.net/sailing/archives/2008/05/thomas-point-lighthouse-chesapeake-bay.html[1/19/2011 12:36:13 PM]</p><p>STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!</p><p>TRAVELBEAT newsletters offer new beats,deals and events.</p><p>E-mail </p><p> Home Destinations Writers Links About Us RSSSubscribe</p><p>BEAT TOPICS</p><p>Art&amp;CraftBicyclingBirdingCasualEatsGoingSoloGolf&amp;BeyondLiteraryMonasteries</p><p>Sailing</p><p>SelfDiscoveryShowcaseSidetripsSpiritsSportsloversTangoTools&amp;TipsVolunteerWildthingsWineHunter</p><p>More to Explore:Sailing</p><p>Browse SailingBeat</p><p>RecommendedReading</p><p>Sailing Links</p><p>Ads by Google Bareboat Caribbean Sailing Lighthouse Yacht Boat</p><p>Destinations</p><p>Annapolis (4)</p><p>Antarctica (2)</p><p>Sailing Beat</p><p>Thomas Point: Saving the Chesapeake's MostFamous LighthouseBy Steve Blakely May 23, 2008</p><p>This month marks, simultaneously, the second and the 134th anniversaryof Thomas Point Lighthouse -- the most famous and most photographedlighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, just southeast of Annapolis.</p><p>[Thomas Point Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay] (Photo: S. Blakely)</p><p>From May through September, the relatively new owners of "TP" (as it'slocally known among Chesapeake sailors) are opening the lighthouse tovisitors. It's only the second season in the 134-year history of thisnational landmark that it's been open to public tours -- a treat, sinceThomas Point is one of only nine lighthouses in the United States thathave been officially bestowed with "national landmark" status.</p><p>Last year about 600 people clambered up the lighthouse ladder, most ofthem locals who before could only get close to it by boat. This year about1,000 visitors are expected to take the one-hour tour. Weekend tours(Saturday and Sunday only, every other weekend) are run to thelighthouse (only 18 to a boat) from the Annapolis Maritime Museum.That's located in Eastport, the distinctive neighborhood that is technicallypart of (but very different from) the larger city of Annapolis.</p><p>At $70 fee per head,the proceeds will raisemuch-needed moneyfor the unusualpartnership that took</p><p>The Author</p><p>Steve Blakely</p><p>Writer and Skipper</p><p>Steve Blakely has beenexploring the ChesapeakeBay for 30 years. 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Point: Saving the Chesapeake's Most Famous Lighthouse | Sailing Beat</p><p>http://www.travelbeat.net/sailing/archives/2008/05/thomas-point-lighthouse-chesapeake-bay.html[1/19/2011 12:36:13 PM]</p><p>Antilles (1)</p><p>Argentina (2)</p><p>Bahamas (2)</p><p>Baltimore (5)</p><p>Bermuda (1)</p><p>Boston (2)</p><p>Brazil (1)</p><p>British Columbia (1)</p><p>British Virgin Islands(5)</p><p>Cabo San Lucas (1)</p><p>California (4)</p><p>Canada (2)</p><p>Caribbean (8)</p><p>Catalina Island (1)</p><p>Chesapeake Bay (16)</p><p>Chicago (2)</p><p>Chile (1)</p><p>China (1)</p><p>Connecticut (1)</p><p>Copenhagen (2)</p><p>Denmark (1)</p><p>Dominican Republic (2)</p><p>Dublin (2)</p><p>England (2)</p><p>Florida (2)</p><p>France (2)</p><p>Germany (2)</p><p>Great Britain (1)</p><p>Grenada (1)</p><p>Halifax (1)</p><p>Hawaii (1)</p><p>Honolulu (1)</p><p>Iceland (1)</p><p>India (1)</p><p>Ireland (2)</p><p>Japan (1)</p><p>Key West (1)</p><p>Leningrad (1)</p><p>Liverpool (1)</p><p>London (2)</p><p>Mackinac 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Itnow has new windows,exterior doors andwindow shutters, andsometime next month,it will have a freshly painted red roof.</p><p>Thomas Point Light is located about eight miles and a half-hour boat rideout of Annapolis, almost in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. It marksThomas Point Shoal, a shallow spit that reaches out from the South Riverand squeezes the main shipping channel, threatening deep-draft shipssteaming to or from Baltimore.</p><p>TP is the last working "screw-pile" lighthouse left in service on theChesapeake, a distinctive regional form of marine architecture. Large ironpiles are literally screwed into the muddy bottom of the bay, with thewooden, six-sided, one-and-a-half story cottage lighthouse sitting on top,about 10 feet above water. 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