Greenbury Point Light

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Greenbury Point Light
Greenbury Point Light 1.PNG
Greenbury Point Light in 1885 (USCG)
Greenbury Point Light is located in Maryland
Greenbury Point Light
Greenbury Point Light is located in the US
Greenbury Point Light
Location Greenbury Point at the mouth of the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland
Coordinates 38°58′30″N 76°27′18″W / 38.975°N 76.455°W / 38.975; -76.455 (approximate)
Year first lit 1848
Deactivated 1891
Construction wood frame
Tower shape House with tower on roof
Original lens sixth-order Fresnel lens
Greenbury Point Light
Greenbury Point Light 2.PNG
Greenbury Point Light in 1925 (USCG). Greenbury Point lies in the upper left of the picture.
Greenbury Point Light is located in Maryland
Greenbury Point Light
Greenbury Point Light is located in the US
Greenbury Point Light
Location 1/2 mi south of Greenbury Point at the mouth of the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland
Coordinates 38°58′05″N 76°27′14″W / 38.968°N 76.454°W / 38.968; -76.454
Year first lit 1892
Deactivated 1934
Foundation screw-pile
Construction wood frame
Tower shape hexagonal house
Height 39 ft
Original lens fourth-order Fresnel lens
Characteristic fixed white

Greenbury Point Light was the name of two lighthouses in the Chesapeake Bay, both located at the mouth of the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland.

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The first light on this site was constructed in 1848 and bears little resemblance to other lights in the area. Original equipped with Argand lamps and reflectors, it was upgraded in 1855 with a sixth order Fresnel lens, later replaced with a fourth order lens. By 1878 the Lighthouse Board was reporting that erosion at the point threatened the light, and that it was ill-located and too small to be seen against the lights of the town. An appropriation to replace the light was made in 1889, and in 1892 a new screw-pile lighthouse was activated. This sat on the shoal about half a mile south of the point, and was sometimes referred to as "Greenbury Point Shoal Light".

Like many such lights in the bay, the screwpile foundation proved vulnerable to ice, and in 1918 it was badly damaged. In 1934 the house was removed and a skeleton tower erected on the piles. This light is still in use.

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