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TURKEY POINT LIGHT

State: MARYLAND
Location: ELK RIVER ENTRANCE / CHESAPEAKE BAY
Nearest City: NORTH EAST
County: CECIL
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1833


Turkey Point Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1833
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: APRIL 2000 - NOVEMBER 2002
  • Automated: 1947
  • Foundation Materials: TIMBER/STONE CRIB
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 38
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1855
  • Present Optic: ?
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 2002
  • Height of Focal Plane: 129
  • Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL LENS STOLEN AFTER AUTOMATION; 250 MM, SOLAR POWERED LENS INSTALLED 1947, REMOVED IN 2000
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO, DISMANTLED CA. 1971
  • Fog Signal Type: BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO, DISMANTLED CA. 1971
  • Year Constructed: 1833
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: MODIFIED 1889
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/WOOD
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE; DISMANTLED: GARAGE, 2 STORAGE BUILDINGS

Current Use: PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION IN ELK NECK STATE PARK

Owner/Manager: MARYLAND DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES / TURKEY POINT LIGHT STATION, INC.

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

National Register Status: LISTED, 2002-12-02
Name of Listing: TURKEY POINT LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MPS)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 2002

Miscellaneous:
SITE OF AMERICA'S LAST FEMALE CIVILIAN KEEPER, FANNIE SALTER (1925-1947); RELIT AS PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION NOV 30, 2002; RECOMMENDED FOR TRANSFER TO MARYLAND DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN 2005 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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