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Upper Cedar Point Light

Aug. 27, 2019
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Upper Cedar Point Light, Potomac River, Maryland

Screwpile style lighthouse first built in 1867, served by a light vessel prior to the construction (1821-1867).

UPPER CEDAR POINT LIGHT

Lighthouse Name: Upper Cedar Point Light
Location: Potomac River 2 miles west of Mathias Point
Station Established: 1867
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1867
Operational? NO
Automated? YES 1963
Deactivated: YES 1876 AND1963
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials:
Tower Shape: SQUARE SCREWPILE
Markings/Pattern:
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens:

Historical Information:

  • In 1821 a lightship was established at the location of the Upper Cedar Point light.  The screwpile light was built and lit in 1867.  
  • In the 1870’s the lighthouse had African-American keepers. 
  • The light was deactivated in 1876. 
  • The lighthouse was reactivated in 1882 after numerous complaints.  It remained lit until 1963 when it was dismantled.
  • A small navigational light stands on the original foundation.

Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society.