Cove Point

Historic Site
The light inside this towner is the oldest continuously operated light in the state of Maryland.
Daily from 1 to 4 p.m.
June through August; weekends and holidays from 1 to 4 p.m.
May and September. Closed October through April.

Editorial Review

Cove Point was built by John Donahoo, and, like his lighthouse structures at Concord Point and Turkey Point, it is a basic white tower with black lantern room.

Built in 1828 to mark the entrance of the Patuxent River, the lighthouse has been witness to two interesting pieces of history: the very early introduction of a telephone in 1899 and World War II practice landings and invasions.

From World War II until its automation in 1986, there was enough room for three keepers and their families to live around the lighthouse. The duplex is undergoing renovation and is scheduled to reopen for rentals soon.

-- Amy Orndorff (June 22, 2012)