This past spring at a ceremony held in Annapolis, Maryland, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton signed the paperwork that
transferred America’s most recognizable screwpile style lighthouse to a public and nonprofit partnership.
In the ceremony conducted under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 ownership was transferred from the Coast Guard to the City of Annapolis. Immediately thereafter the City signed the papers to lease the lighthouse and all aspects of its preservation and operation to the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society.
The third partner in the public and nonprofit transfer is the Annapolis Maritime Museum, which will act as the primary shore based forum for the lighthouse exhibits and which will be the point of departure for public tours to the lighthouse. Rounding out the partnership is the County of Anne Arundel, which will provide environmental, cultural and preservation expertise.
Although major restoration and preservation activities will extend over the next five years, the partners will start conducting public tours in the summer of next year.
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (its official name), built in 1875, is located in the Chesapeake Bay, just a few miles south of Annapolis, MD. To learn more about the lighthouse, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999, go to www.thomaspointlighthouse.org or visit www.LighthouseDepot.com.
This story appeared in the
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