LOOKING FOR LIGHTHOUSE VOLUNTEERS: We’re looking for Lighthouse Keepers! If you like the idea of welcoming people from all over the world to the lighthouse and to Dorchester County, then maybe this is an opportunity for you! Learn more at a get-together on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 5:30-7pm at the Dorchester Visitor Center (2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge). For current volunteers and potential new volunteers. There will be refreshments. For more information, call 410-463-2653.
2016 SEASON BEGINS IN MAY: From May 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016, 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.
MARYLAND LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE: September 2015 marked the 10th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Lighthouse fans were encouraged to visit all 10 lighthouses on the list, including our own Choptank River Lighthouse here in Cambridge. Hundreds of visitors stopped by during the weekend as part of the Challenge. The next Maryland Lighthouse Challenge should be happening in 2017. 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.
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).
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 up to 30 people. For details, call 410-228-4031.
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).
Lighthouse Benefactors: We were saddened at the passing of Rufus and Loraine Todd, the Choptank River Lighthouse's biggest supporters. Thirteen days after his wife Loraine Todd passed away, Rufus Todd died on Feb. 16, 2014. Without the generosity and support of this wonderful couple, we're not sure that the Choptank River Lighthouse would exist today. With their love of Dorchester County and their spirit of living while giving, Rufus and Loraine Todd left their permanent signature on our community. We salute them for their vision and their generosity. We are proud to have their portrait (an oil painting by artist George Wright, shown here with the Todds) on display inside the lighthouse.
LIGHTHOUSE DEDICATION: We dedicated the Choptank River Lighthouse on September 22, 2012! Thanks to all our donors and supporters! See photos of the dedication event.
THE LIGHTHOUSE IN OILS: "Jewel of the Choptank," an original oil painting by Cambridge artist George Wright, was unveiled during the lighthouse dedication. The oil painting, which depicts the lighthouse on Cambridge's waterfront on a fall morning, was auctioned off for $100,000 during the event. The winning bidder, Rufus Todd, donated the painting back. A full-size giclée print is in the lighthouse., and the original hangs in the Dorchester Visitors' Center. Prints of the painting are available at Downtown Frame of Mine, 319 High Street in Cambridge (just a couple of blocks from the lighthouse); 410.228.7977.