Concord Point Light

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Concord Point Light
Havre De Grace Maryland Lighthouse 600.jpg
LocationConcord and Lafayette Streets, Havre de Grace, Maryland, U.S.
Coordinates39°32′27″N 76°05′05″W / 39.5407°N 76.0848°W / 39.5407; -76.0848
Tower
Constructed1827 Edit this on Wikidata
Constructiongranite (tower) Edit this on Wikidata
Automated1920 Edit this on Wikidata
Height36 ft (11 m) Edit this on Wikidata
Shapeconical Edit this on Wikidata
Markingswhitewash Edit this on Wikidata
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
Light
First lit1827 Edit this on Wikidata
Deactivated1975-1983
Focal height11.5 m (38 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Lensfifth order Fresnel lens (1983–), sixth order Fresnel lens (1854–1975) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicF W Edit this on Wikidata
Havre de Grace Lighthouse
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
ArchitectJohn Donohoo
NRHP reference No.76000999[1]
Added to NRHPApril 2, 1976

Concord Point Light is a 36-foot (11 m) lighthouse in Havre de Grace, Maryland. It overlooks the point where Susquehanna River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, an area of increasing navigational traffic when it was constructed in 1827.[2][3] It is the northernmost lighthouse and the second-oldest tower lighthouse still standing on the bay.

Concord Point Light is currently listed as a private aid to navigation.[4]

Description[edit]

Concord Point Light is among the many Maryland lighthouses built by John Donahoo, who also built its keeper's house across the street.[5][6] The tower is constructed of Port Deposit granite. The walls are 31 inches (790 mm) thick at the base and narrow to 18 inches (460 mm) at the parapet.

The lantern was originally lit with nine whale oil lamps with 16-inch (410 mm) tin reflectors. In 1854, a sixth-order Fresnel lens was installed. This was later upgraded to a fifth-order Fresnel lens.

The lighthouse was automated in 1920.

History[edit]

Among the lighthouse's keepers from 1827 to the mid-1900s were several members of the O'Neill family. The first O'Neill, John, had defended the town of Havre de Grace by manning a cannon battery on Concord Point during the War of 1812.

By 1924, local documents describe the lighthouse area as being "seriously blighted"; it apparently remained that way for many years.

The lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1975; soon after that, the lens was stolen. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Extensive restoration work began in 1979. The keeper's house has since been restored and is open to the public as a museum.

In 1983, a fifth-order Fresnel lens borrowed from the Coast Guard was installed in the lantern room.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maryland" (PDF). United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Maryland". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ "Concord Point Lighthouse". Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Simms, William Q. (April 2001). "Two Lights on the Hill". Lighthouse Digest. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
  6. ^ W. M. Whittington (November 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Havre de Grace Lighthouse" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.

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