Lower Cedar Point Light

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Not to be confused with Cedar Point Light (Maryland).
Lower Cedar Point Light
Lower Cedar Point Light is located in Maryland
Lower Cedar Point Light
Lower Cedar Point Light is located in the US
Lower Cedar Point Light
Location in the center of the Potomac River 1.5 mi south of the Harry W. Nice (US 301) Bridge
Coordinates 38°20′24″N 76°59′35″W / 38.340°N 76.993°W / 38.340; -76.993Coordinates: 38°20′24″N 76°59′35″W / 38.340°N 76.993°W / 38.340; -76.993
Year first lit 1867
Deactivated 1951
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape square house
Original lens fourth-order Fresnel lens

The Lower Cedar Point Light was a historic lighthouse in the Potomac River near its eponymous point, south of the present U.S. Route 301 bridge. It has been replaced by a skeleton tower.

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Lightships were stationed at this location beginning in 1825. During the Civil War the lightship was burned by Confederate forces in 1861.

A screw-pile lighthouse was constructed on the spot in 1867. This light burned on Christmas Day in 1893 and was rebuilt in 1896. In 1951 the house was removed and a skeleton tower erected on the old foundation.

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