16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Thompson Point Shoal Light in the Chesapeake Bay

Commerce up the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore was a key to our national growth and the shallows often claimed merchant ships. This screwpile cottage-type lighthouse, funded by the US Congress, was constructed in 1875. It was the last lighthouse with a residential light keeper on the bay, abandoned in 1964...then automated in 1986.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: East of Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay., Maryland, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © William Walkowiak