The main attraction in Piney Point is the lighthouse. It's not one of the tallest, but it dates back to 1836. It suffered severe damage from Hurricane Isabel in 2003, but has been relocated to higher ground. It's now open again, and you can climb the steps to the top.The museum has some fine exhibits, covering local history. Also, visit the...more
The original Piney Point Lighthouse Museum was flooded and closed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The building they are now using used to be a garage, and they were setting it up as a museum when we visited during the Annual Piney Point Days in May 2005. The museum was on on-going operation and was expected to be finished in 2008. It includes exhibits...more
The buoy in the Potomac where the U-1105 was sunk can't be seen from Piney Point, and is hard to find out in the river (see photo 5 for how hard it is to see). In the Museum is the exhibit on this German submarine, the Black Panther. It was a revolutionary feature in military weaponry because it was covered with a synthetic rubber coating making it...more
The Lighthouse Keeper's house was built at the same time as the lighthouse (by the same builder) in 1836. Originally it was a one story building with a central fireplace and a ground level basement. The building has been greatly modified through the years. In 1884, a full second story and the porches were added, and new windows were installed.The...more
On the grounds of the lighthouse is what is called the Potomac River Maritime Exhibit which houses the collection of four historic wooden vessels including a 67-foot skipjack (Joy Parks), an 84-foot bugeye, (Dorothy A. Parsons), a log canoe, and Potomac River dory boat. In 2005 when we visited, I just took a photo through the entrance door. I don't...more
The Piney Point Lighthouse was built in 1836 by John Donohoo. It is about 14 miles up river from Point Lookout, and it is the oldest light on the Potomac River. Out of 11 lighthouses built on the Potomac, it is one of the four original lights still standing. Several U.S. Presidents, including James Madison, have used Piney Point as a summer...more
If you don't want to drive your own car to the lighthouse you can visit by boat, as there is a permanent pier there which you can tied up to.
During the annual visiting days at the lighthouse (and ONLY on that one weekend), there are satellite parking lots, and a shuttle is run from the outlying parking to the lighthouse grounds.
We actually bypassed the parking lots and drove directly to the lighthouse, but many other people parked and took the shuttle.
I have not shopped at this store, although I walked through it when we visited Piney Point. They have an on-line store. At the time of our visit they also had a display of the art work of local artists.
What to buy: Piney Point Lighthouse Ornament
Gold-over-brass, three-dimensional ornament of the Piney Point Lighthouse built in 1836. This exclusive item was custom made and is only available through the Lighthouse Lens or Crab Claw Museum Stores. $17.95
Maryland Lighthouses Afghan
Curl up and relax in this 100% cotton 50 x 60 afghan surrounded by 6 Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses, Lightship Chesapeake, and the Piney Point Lighthouse. $55.00
Maryland Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay by F. Ross Holland
“The most comprehensive history ever complied on aids to navigation…in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.” 260 illustrations Including 60 Maryland Lighthouses and 8 Lightboats.
Hardback, 200 pg. w/illus…………$32.95
Potomac River T-Shirt/Sweatshirt
A full back design inviting you to “Discover the Nation’s River” featuring historic places of interest and Potomac River Lighthouses left chest imprint from St. Clement’s Island, Maryland or Piney Point, Maryland
Sweatshirt sizes: s, m, l, xl, xxl……$28.95
T-shirt sizes: s, m, l, xl, xxl………$15.95
Chesapeake Bay, Witnesses to the Creation By Aleck Loker
Learn about the forces of nature that created the Chesapeake Bay, and about the first people that settled in the areas surrounding it.
Paperback, 32 pg………………$5.95
Piney Point Lighthouse T-Shirt/ Sweatshirt
Combination embroidered and screen print design of the Piney Point Lighthouse available in wine, sage, or gray. t-shirt and sweatshirt are heavyweight 50% cotton
Sweatshirt sizes: s, m, l, xl, xxl.$31.95
T-shirt sizes: s, m, l, xl, xxl……$17.95
Piney Point Lighthouse Model
Replica of the Piney Point Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters crafted by Spoontiques - $15.00
Piney Point Lighthouse Mug
Microwave safe non-metallic gold imprint of the Piney Point Lighthouse circa 1836 on an oversized 14oz marbelized cobalt blue mug - $9.95
Blackistone Island Lighthouse Mug
Original photo of the lighthouse reproduced on a 10 oz. white ceramic mug. $9.95
This is the old Stewart Petroleum plant where barges of gasoline are brought in and loaded and unloaded. The pipeline (photo 2) from the former Stewart Petroleum runs along the point north of the Piney Point lighthouse, and the access to this area is prohibited. That and the trees that have been allowed to grow up between the lighthouse and the Potomac mean that the lighthouse is barely visible from the river (photo 4).
When we were there for the annual open house, there were boat tours available. But when the grounds are open, pier and docking facilities are available.
The grounds of the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park are open sunrise to sunset 7 days a week.
Equipment: Nothing is available here except the dock.
Originally I thought I would not climb the lighthouse. I could have done so as it was open to climb. However the space inside at the top is limited. By the time I changed my mind about it, there was a long line waiting (photo 3). So I went to stand in line, but it was too long for me to stand. They let me sit at the bottom of the tower and I took...more
!n 1880, a bell tower was built next to the lighthouse. Bells were used as a warning in fog when mariners might not be able to see the light. The bell was replaced in 1936 with a reed horn (foghorn). The tower was severely damaged in a storm, and afterwards was dismantled, although the outline can still be seen on the west side of the lighthouse.more
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