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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Skip Willits

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Skip Willits 7 Days Ago

Cayce, SC - United States

Appreciate it Bill!

Bill Cannon 7 Days Ago

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Nice work Skip!!

Skip Willits 14 Days Ago

Cayce, SC - United States

Thanks so much Heidi!

Heidi Smith 14 Days Ago

Long Beach, CA - United States

What a beautiful lighthouse and image, Skip!

Skip Willits 25 Days Ago

Cayce, SC - United States

Thanks so much to Romana, Michael,Terry,Christrina and Vijinder. All your comments are much appreciated.

Ramona Whiteaker 27 Days Ago

Monroe, WI - United States

Very pretty Skip. Congrats on your sale!

Michael Morgan 27 Days Ago

Virginia Beach, VA - United States

Congrats on your sale, Skip!

Terry DeLuco 27 Days Ago

Toms River, NJ - United States

Congrats on your sale!!!

Christina Rollo 28 Days Ago

Binghamton, NY - United States

Beautiful scenery, wonderful work, congratulations!!

Vijinder Singh 28 Days Ago

Jammu, Ja - India

splendid shot....Congrats on your sale :-)

Skip Willits 28 Days Ago

Cayce, SC - United States

A huge thank you to my Edgewater, MD buyer!

Cayce, SC - United States

Thanks so much!

Calahorra, La - Spain

Congrats on your sale!!

Cayce, SC - United States

Thank you Cristina!

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Beautiful! Congrats on your sale! :)

Cayce, SC - United States

Many thanks to my Ocala, FL buyer. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Cayce, SC - United States

Thank you Olivia!

Chantilly, VA - United States

Very impressive lighthouse! Beautiful capture! f/v

Cayce, SC - United States

Thank you so much Vale!

NY, NY - Russian Federation

Fantasy! And so dreamy!

Cayce, SC - United States

Thanks Kate!

Warwick, RI - United States

Wonderful work, congrats on your sale Skip. voted!

Cayce, SC - United States

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Cayce, SC - United States

Thanks again to my Baltimore, MD buyer!

Cayce, SC - United States

Thank you Joyce!

Christchurch, E9 - New Zealand

Skip.Congrats on your Sale !!! great Lighthouse..

Cayce, SC - United States

Thanks David!

Medellín & Cartagena - Colombia

Great subject and composition! Excellent balance and focus. Congrats!

Cayce, SC - United States

A huge thank you to my Baltimore, MD buyer!

Cayce, SC - United States

Thank you so much Marvin, I appreciate you taking the time to look.!

Tampa, FL - United States

Skip I love all of your lighthouse photos!!! Just to many to comment on all at once! v/f

Cayce, SC - United States

A big thank you to my Annapolis note card buyer.

Cayce, SC - United States

Thank you Anne!

Centralia, Wa - United States

Excellent work! I also appreciate the historical data you have included. V/F

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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse


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The only screw pile lighthouse left in Chesapeake Bay waters is the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, built on November 20, 1875. This was also the last manned lighthouse on the bay, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The light is located off the mouth of the South River at Annapolis. The original light at this location was built on a seven-acre parcel of land on Thomas Point. The land was sold to the government for $530 in 1824, and the following year the first light was built by John Donohoo on that point of land. This was the first lighthouse constructed by Donohoo, who went on to build several more around the bay including Concord Point at Havre De Grace. This first light was doomed because of Donohoo�s relative inexperience and by 1838, it had to be rebuilt. The total cost of the original light surpassed $5,600.

In 1882 it became apparent to the Lighthouse Board that the light, in its original location, was of little use because it was so removed from the expanding shoal. A new and less expensive screw pile light was constructed and remains today. The land on the point where the original house was built was sold to private interests for $426, one hundred dollars less than the original purchase price.

This light is off shore at Annapolis, MD, and can only be reached by boat. One of the last octagonal, screw pile, lights still in the water on the East Coast. Marinas on the South and Severn Rivers would be able to provide a lead to those who would be willing to ferry passengers out to take a look.


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