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.
CELEBRATE OPENING DAY MAY 1: The lighthouse is adding new artifacts for the 2015 season. Join us on Opening Day, Friday, May 1, when we'll be dedicating a newly constructed wooden launch boat -- just like what the lighthouse keeper used to use to travel from land to the lighthouse two miles away. Miss Polly was constructed by boat builders at the Ruark Boatworks here in Cambridge, Maryland. We'll also be celebrating the addition of a fog bell and striker and Fresnel lens. The public is welcome to view the new artifacts from 5-6pm, after an invitation-only reception from 4-5pm. During the public viewing, visitors can sign up for a free drawing for a giclée print of “The Jewel of the Choptank,” a painting of the lighthouse by Cambridge artist George Wright. The fog bell will ring at 5pm, 5:30pm, and 6pm.
WIN A JULY 4 PICNIC AT THE LIGHTHOUSE: Make this the best Fourth of July ever! Enter our raffle and win a catered picnic for up to 20 people at the lighthouse on July 4 — followed by an amazing view of the fireworks. Raffle tickets cost 3 for $25 or $10 each. Buy them at MTS Broadcasting (2 Bay Street in Cambridge), call the Lighthouse Foundation at 410-463-2653, or contact a member of the Lighthouse Board of Directors. A winner will be drawn on May 1 during the Opening Day event at the lighthouse. The raffle benefits the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation.
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.
LIGHTHOUSE IS PART OF MARYLAND HOME TOUR: The Choptank River Lighthouse will be part of the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage happening in Dorchester County on Saturday, May 9, 2015. This is the first time the lighthouse will be part of the tour, which also includes captivating waterfront homes, a former church turned into a home, a Native American longhouse, and more. Find out more and reserve your tickets.
RESTAURANT REWARDS CARD: The Choptank River Lighthouse is offering discounts to local restaurants for lighthouse visitors! To take advantage of this program, stop by the lighthouse after May 1 on a Friday afternoon (1-5pm) or Saturday or Sunday (9am-6pm) to purchase a Restaurant Rewards Card for just $1. Use the card within 48 hours of purchase, and you'll get deals from 10% to 25% off meals, half off a second entree, and more. Participating restaurants, which are all within walking distance of the lighthouse, include Snapper's Waterfront Cafe, the High Spot Gastropub, Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill, RAR Brewing, Leaky Pete's Wine & Oyster Bar, Canvasback Restaurant & Irish Pub, Stoked, and Portside Seafood Restaurant. You'll find all the details and a full list of the special deals at the lighthouse.
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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