Leading Point Light

Nov. 5, 2019

Leading Point Light, Brewerton Channel Range, Maryland


Name of Lighthouse: Leading Point Lighthouse (a.k.a. Brewerton Range Rear Light)
Location: Patapsco River
Date Built: 1868
Type of Structure: tower on roof of dwelling.
Operational: No
Deactivated: 1924
Foghorn: No record of foghorn.
Construction Material:
Original Lens: 4th order Franklin lamps
Characteristic: Fixed white light
Status: Destroyed

Historical Information:

  • Tower was built in 1868 only a mile from Hawkins Point Light.
  • The 1870 inspection report shows keeper John Cooper tended the light.  The Keeper’s wife occupied the building with him.  There was no assistant keeper.
  • In 1915 William Raabe was appointed keeper to both lights and they were considered range lights.
  • In 1924 the light was replaced by a steel tower.  
  • At some point it was torn down and deactivated.

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