Turkey Point
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Year Built:1833
Description:Turkey Point Located at the mouth of the Elk River at the tip of Elk Neck. Conical, 38-foot white brick tower atop timber/stone foundation. The black lantern received a 4th order Fresnel lens in 1855 (later stolen). Automated 1947; deactivated in 2000. Fog bell. Located in Elk Neck State Park. Owned by the USCG; leased and maintained by Friends of Turkey Point. Eligible for listing on National Register of Historic Places.
Type of Structure:White brick masonry tower with black lantern.
Purpose:Marks the point where the Elk River and Northeast River enter the Bay.
Interesting Facts:Built by John Donahoo. From 1925 to 1947, the light was maintained by Fannie Salter, America’s last civilian female keeper.
Related Gateway:Elk Neck State Park
Photo(s):Turkey Point
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