Love Point Lighthouse

Sept. 10, 2019

Love Point Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, off the northern end of Kent Island, Maryland

Screwpile style lighthouse, established in 1872.


Lighthouse Name: Love Point Light
Location: near north point of Kent Island in Chesapeake Bay
Date Built: 1872
Type of Structure: hexagonal cottage type screwpile lighthouse
Characteristics: white flash every six seconds with red sector for nearby shoals.
Lens: 3-1/2 order Fresnel, Henry Lepaute, Paris
Appropriation: $15,000
Construction Material: Wood
Foghorn: Yes, Bell made by Regester & Son, Baltimore, MD; Rung every 8 sec.
Automated: 1953
Deactivated: 1964
Status: No longer standing

Historical Information:

  • Ice was a special threat to the lighthouse. During the first winter in 1872, ice severed several of the lighthouse’s pilings.
  • In 1879 ice again threatened the light but did no further damage.
  • Light was automated in 1953;
  • The house taken down in 1964 and the original pile foundation supports a small flashing signal and fog bell today.

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