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Point Lookout
Year Built:1830
Description:Point Lookout Point Lookout at the north entrance to the Potomac River. Enlarged in 1880. Never automated; deactivated 1965. Now part of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and property of the U.S.Navy. Considered the oldest integral lighthouse in the United States. Open to public one day each year - first Saturday in November.
Type of Structure:Originally a single story dwelling with lantern on top. Later the height was raised by adding a second story. Building is white, the base of the cupola is white, roof of cupola is red as is the porch roof.
Purpose:Marked the north entrance to the Potomac River.
Interesting Facts:The lighthouse is said to be one of the most haunted in America. The point housed a civil war hospital and prisoner of war camp. Built by John Donohoo.
Related Gateway:Point Lookout State Park
Photo(s):Point Lookout
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