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.
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! For more information, call 410-463-2653 or email the Lighthouse Keepers .
Season Runs May Through October
From May 1 through October 31, the lighthouse is open 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. 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 or email the Choptank Lighthouse.
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 is a donation that supports the work of the nonprofit Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation. For details and forms, contact 410-463-2653 or email the Choptank Lighthouse.
The gift corner is open when docents are on duty: Fridays 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. between May and October. Among the available items are Choptank River Lighthouse pins, commemorative photos by local photographer Jill Jasuta, wine glasses etched with an image of the lighthouse, Christmas ornaments, and other lighthouse mementos. Purchases in the Lighthouse are cash only.
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) and at the Lighthouse on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in season (cash only).
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
The original hangs at:
Dorchester County Visitor Center
2 Rose Hill Place