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Name: Turkey Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
North East, Maryland, United States

Location: Entrance to Elk River, Chesapeake Bay.

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Managing Organization:
Turkey Point Light Station Inc.

Telephone: 410-287-8170


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 412
North East
Maryland, 21901, United States

This station had female keepers for much of its history. Fanny May Salter was the last civilian woman lighthouse keeper in the U.S. The keeper's house at this station was destroyed in 1971. The nonprofit organization Turkey Point Light Station Inc., plans to reconstruct the dwelling. The lighthouse was deactivated by the Coast Guard in 2000, but it was relighted as a private aid on November 30, 2002.

Tower Height: 38

Height of Focal Plane: 129

Description of Tower: White, conical brick tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Garage, two storage buildings.

Date Established: 1833

Date Present Tower Built: 1833

Date Deactivated: 2000-2002

Date Automated: 1947

Optics: 1855: Fourth order Fresnel lens.

Fog Signal: Originally bell (bell tower removed 1971).

Current Use: Attraction in state park, private aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The park and lighthouse are in Cecil County, 10 miles south of the town of North East on MD 272. The lighthouse is accessible via a 25-minute walk on a hiking path in the park.

Keepers: Robert Lusby (1833-1844), Elizabeth Lusby (1844-1861), John Crouch (1865-1873), Rebecca Crouch (1873-1895), Georgianna Brumfield (1895-1919), Caleb Stowe (1920-1922), Clarence Salter (1922-1925), Fannie May Salter (1925-1947).

Nearby Lodging: For camping information and reservations in Elk Neck State Park, call 1-888-432-CAMP(2267).

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