Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park
Piney Point, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

[ Print this page ]
Brief Description: The museum & park preserves and interprets the Piney Point Lighthouse, a collection of historic Chesapeake Bay workboats and other features of this scenic Potomac River site. Piney Point Lighthouse served as a beacon of safety for mariners of the Potomac River from the time it was built in 1836 until 1964. Located only 14 miles upriver from the Chesapeake Bay, the Piney Point Lighthouse was constructed by master lighthouse builder, John Donahoo, who also built many of the lighthouses on the Chesapeake. Piney Point is one of the oldest of the 11 original lighthouses built on the Potomac River and one of only four remaining. The museum's collection of historic workboats includes the skipjack Joy Parks, a bugeye, Potomac River dory boat and a log canoe.

The Piney Point Lighthouse Museum features exhibits depicting the construction and operation of the Lighthouse and the role of the United States Coast Guard. Also on exhibit is information about the German submarine, U-1105, that was sunk off the coast of Piney Point. This submarine is notable as an initial prototype of stealth weaponry as this vessel was rubber coated to prevent radar detection.

Location / Directions: The Lighthouse is located in Southern Maryland along the Potomac River.

From the Washington Capital Beltway exit to Maryland Route 5 south and follow through Waldorf to Leonardtown to Callaway. Turn right on Route 249 and drive 9 miles to Lighthouse Road on the right. Follow to the end.

OR, if coming from the north or south, pick up Route 5 south from US 301 in Waldorf, MD and proceed as above.

Driving Directions
Physical Address: Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park
Lighthouse Road
Piney Point, MD
Mailing Address: Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park
38370 Point Breeze Rd.
Colton Point, MD 20626
Visitor Phone: (301) 769-2222
Activities:

Walk the grounds, visit the Museum and view the Lighthouse. Pre-arranged group and school tours available.

Boat Access Fishing Picnicking

Operating Hours: The Museum and Gift Shop are open Friday through Monday 12 noon to 5 p.m., May through October. Special opening in December for holiday season. Grounds are open year-round from sun-up to sun-set.
Fees: $3 adults; $1.50 children 5 - 18; children 5 and under are free
Visitor Facilities: Museum, school programs, restrooms, gift shop, pier and docking facilities, weddings by pre-arrangement.
Accessibility: Museum is handicap-accessible
Website: http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/museums/ppl.asp

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY