Maryland Point Light

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Maryland Point Light
Maryland point light 1952.PNG
1952 photograph of Maryland Point Light (USCG)
Maryland Point Light is located in Maryland
Maryland Point Light
Maryland Point Light is located in the US
Maryland Point Light
Location off Maryland Point in the Potomac River, East of Fairview Beach, Virginia
Coordinates 38°20′58″N 77°11′51″W / 38.3495°N 77.1975°W / 38.3495; -77.1975Coordinates: 38°20′58″N 77°11′51″W / 38.3495°N 77.1975°W / 38.3495; -77.1975
Year first lit 1892
Automated 1954
Deactivated 1963
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape hexagonal house
Original lens fourth-order Fresnel lens

The Maryland Point Light was a screw-pile lighthouse located in the Potomac River.

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A light was first proposed for the shoal at Maryland Point in 1887, but an appropriation was not made until 1890. The original proposal was to construct a caisson light, but tests of the bottom convinced the engineers that a screw-pile structure could be made to work. The house was assembled at the Lazaretto Depot in the fall of 1892, and the light was first exhibited in December of that year.

The light was automated in 1954 and dismantled in 1963.

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