The Choptank River Lighthouse, on the waterfront in Cambridge, Maryland, is a replica of the replacement Choptank River Lighthouse that once guided ships of all sizes along the Choptank River. (Read more of the history.)
It serves as a beacon for all--visible from the Route 50 Bridge and from land--and accessible to all. It is a symbol of Cambridge's continuing revitalization. It also houses the marina dockmaster's office and a small museum. The lighthouse is a part of the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Passport Program.
MARYLAND LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE: This year marks the 10th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. It’s happening September 19 and 20 (with an early bird day on September 18). Visit all 10 lighthouses, including our own Choptank River Lighthouse here in Cambridge, during the weekend and you will earn a special souvenir. Details at www.cheslights.org.
LIGHTHOUSE GIFT CORNER: So many of our visitors ask if we have photos of the lighthouse for sale – and now we do! Four different matted photographs of the lighthouse by local photographer Jill Jasuta are available. They are 4” x 6” prints in a 5” x 7” mat, ready to frame. The cost is $10 per photo. You may purchase them at the lighthouse when a docent is on duty: on the weekends, Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. Visiting during the week? Just leave us your contact information and we will send you the photo of your choice. And, there are also wine glasses etched with an image of the lighthouse, Choptank River Lighthouse Pins, Christmas ornaments and other lighthouse mementos for sale in our Gift Corner.
LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: From May 2, 2015 through October 31, 2015, the lighthouse is open 9am-6pm daily for self-guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are welcome! Volunteers serving as “lighthouse keepers” will be on duty Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to answer any questions. From November through April, the Choptank River Lighthouse is open for tours by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 410-463-2653.
SPECIAL EVENT RENTAL: Looking for a distinctive and beautiful spot for an upcoming event? The lighthouse is available for special event rentals! What a great space for an event with beautiful water views all around. The lighthouse can accommodate 30 people. For details, call 410-228-4031.
USLHS PASSPORT PROGRAM: The Choptank River Lighthouse is part of the U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Program. Through this program, you can have your "passport" stamped at participating lighthouses all over the country. Passports are available for purchase for $14 at the Dorchester Visitor Center (2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, MD).
LIGHTHOUSE LICENSE PLATE: Show your pride in the Choptank River Lighthouse by buying a specialized license plate! You can now order a special plate from the Maryland MVA for your vehicle. Half of the $50 license plate fee goes to the Lighthouse Capital Improvement Fund to help us acquire authentic lighthouse artifacts (see below). For details and forms, call 410-463-2653. Download the quick, one-page application, and read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
THE LIGHTHOUSE IN OILS: "Jewel of the Choptank," an original oil painting by Cambridge artist George Wright, depicts the new lighthouse on Cambridge's waterfront on a fall morning. Prints of the painting are available at Downtown Frame of Mine, 319 High Street in Cambridge; 410-228-7977. The original hangs a the Dorchester County Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge.
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