Piney Point Lighthouse and Blackistone Lighthouse the Focus of National Weekend
News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office
Leonardtown, MD– Join the St. Mary’s County Museum Division in celebrating some of St. Mary’s County’s most significant lighthouses during National Lighthouse Weekend Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at Piney Point Lighthouse in Piney Point, MD and Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island, near Colton’s Point, MD.
At Piney Point, visitors can enjoy tours of the museum, Potomac River Maritime Exhibit, the Piney Point lighthouse tower, Keeper’s Quarters and grounds. The National Capital Radio and Television Museum fromBowie, MDwill also be on-site with a special exhibit. While admission and tours are offered free of charge this weekend only, donations are greatly appreciated, which will go toward bringing back a5thorder Fresnel lens back to Piney Point.
Special activities and tours will be available at both locations during the entire weekend. In Colton’s Point, check out the St. Clement’s Island Museum before taking a boat ride out to St. Clement’s Island, where visitors can experience a free tour of Blackistone Lighthouse (the replica of the original lighthouse that stood near the same location on the island) from the St. Clement’s Hundred Blackistone Lighthouse volunteers. Regular museum admission and water taxi fees apply.
The official day (National Lighthouse Day), as designated by CongressAugust 7, 1989, is the anniversary of the signing of theAugust 7, 1789 Congressional Act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers” and the date of the first commissioned Federal lighthouse.
For more information about these events, please call 301-769-2222 for St. Clement’s Island Museum (or visitFacebook.com/SCIMuseum) or call 301-994-1471 for Piney Point Lighthouse Museum (or visitFacebook.com/1836Light).