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Concord Point Lighthouse

Updated on August 25, 2014

Concord Point Lighthouse

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Historic Past

Concord Point Lighthouse was first lit in 1827. It is located at the point where the Susquehanna River flows into the Chesapeake Bay. During the early 1800's there was an increase in navigation in the area which caused a need for a lighthouse at this point on the northernmost section of Chesapeake Bay.

John Donohoo had constructed several lighthouses in Maryland and in just a years time he constructed the granite conical tower at Concord Point. The cost was $3500.

The tower is rather short, as lighthouses go, and stands just 32 feet tall. I found it to be a good looking classis lighthouse with the exterior being a slightly rough finish and a whitewash finish.

The grounds around the lighthouse have a white picket fence and lots of colorful flowers.

Today the grounds are well kept and both the lighthouse and the keepers house are open to the public on Saturday and Sundays during the months of April through October. It was closed during our visit, but I was able to walk the grounds and take several photographs.

On a previous visit to Maryland I had photographed several lighthouses along the Chesapeake Bay area and found them to be very interesting. The lighthouses in this area consist of three different styles. There is the conical style, like Concord Point, a cupela style which looks like a house with a lighthouse sticking out of the second floor. and then there are several lighthouses in Maryland that are a screw pile type of lighthouse. This style was needed to sink lighthouses into the sandy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay.


Keepers House

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Keepers all in One Family

Today the keepers house for the Concord Point lighthouse sits directly across the street from the lighthouse. It is a two story building that is painted white with green shutters. It has colorful flowers around the front of the house.

In reading about the lighthouse in the book Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses by Bruce Roberts and Ray Jones I discovered that all of the keepers of the lighthouse were from the same family. The first keeper John O'Niel was a hero in the War of 1812 by making a one man stand against the entire British fleet.

For his service he was rewarded by receiving the post of lighthouse keeper at Concord Point. Over the years the position was passed down through the generations. The last O'Neil to be the keeper was his great grandson Harry O'Niel who had to give up his job when the lighthouse became automated in the 1920's.

Scenes around Lighthouse

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Photographing Lighthouses

I love the challenge of photographing lighthouses and try to get unique photos of each lighthouse I visit. This is not always easy because many times lighthouse will have a lot of buildings, trees and wires around them which make it challenging to get a good photograph.

At this lighthouse I walked around the lighthouse to find the best angle to shoot. I took several photos from each side. The weather was in my favor with dark clouds in the background giving a stormy feel to the photos.

For Concord Point I feel my best photo is the one with the dark clouds in the background. I think that it gives interest to the white tower.

I also tried to work with the beautiful roses that were on the one side of the lighthouse. I took several shots sitting on the ground with the roses in the foreground and the lighthouse behind it.

For these photos I used my Sony A57 DSLR camera with a 18mm-70mm zoom lens. I used an aperature priority setting.


I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my visit to Concord Point and viewing my photographs.

Visiting the Lighthouse

If you find yourself in the area, I highly recommend a trip to Concord Point Lighthouse. To get to it just take State I55 off I-95 into Havre de Grace and turn left at Otsego Street . You will then turn right onto St. John's and then left at the sign for the lighthouse.

If you are hungry when you get to town, I would recommend the Chesapeake Grill. My husband and I had a delicious lunch there.

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Greeting Card from Photos

I always enjoy creating greeting cards from my photos. Here is one of Concord Point Lighthouse.


© 2014 Mary Beth Granger

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      Patricia 

      4 years ago

      I always love to look at your photography!

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      beliza 

      4 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I love this lens. Lighthouses are something I enjoy viewing. I've never taken a lighthouse tour, but I enjoy viewing pictures of them. One of my dream houses would be high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A lighthouse would set the scenery off perfectly. It was a dark and storm night ... :D

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I always enjoy your beautiful photography especially the lighthouses. Great hubpage.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for your comments. I'm looking forward to writing more on Hubpages.

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      Eva Thomas 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Love your lighthouse photos. I want to photograph some so badly...maybe one day I will :-D Cannot wait to see more of your photos!!

    • mbgphoto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks everyone...I appreciate your comments. I really do enjoy lighthouses and hope to feature many of them on future hubpages.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I love lighthouses too and live less than a mile from one. Love the photos--Nicely done

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Beautiful photographs. One of the things we love to visit is a lighthouse. When we get the chance we take it ... Not sure if this is one we have seen. My sister just moved to Maryland and is near a lighthouse. Wonder if this is it?

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      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That's so cool that one family has maintained the "watch" :)

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      fanfreluche 

      4 years ago from France (but Canadian at heart)

      Glad you found a home for your lighthouses :)

    • mbgphoto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Susan...I appreciate your support.

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      BuckHawkcenter 

      4 years ago

      Besides loving your photos, I enjoy the background info you provide. Now time to plan a trip to the East!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Scott

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      Scott A McCray 

      4 years ago

      Very nice hub with some amazing photos! Love the background information, too!

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      nice article :) You know, I could kick myself. I went to Chincoteague Island this past week, and I didn't get the chance to photograph the lighthouse there. I actually thought of you. haha It's true. We could only get there by walking through the marshy woods, and the mosquitoes were so intense. Even with bug spray! -had to spray non-stop really. At any rate, thanks for sharing and the photos are really nice. :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Brenda. You know I love lighthouses. I will be taking a cruise up to Nova Scotia and surrounding areas this fall. So watch for more lighthouse articles from that area.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I love lighthouses though I really don't know much about them. Whenever I see one you know that I will be thinking of you!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for your comments fullyalive. Looking forward to working with you on this new adventure

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      Diana Wenzel 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Lovely photos and very informative. Makes me want to visit. (RenaissanceWoman2010)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Susan I appreciate all your support and lookbforward to workingvwith you on this new adventure

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      As always, I just love your lighthouse photos and the interesting facts you publish along with them. Glad to see you here on HP!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It looks wonderful here! The photos work very well, very professional as well

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Elsie thanks for your comments

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Cynthia I appreciate your support

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      Truly fascinating! Your photos are always beautiful. I could hardly read for wanting to look at the pictures.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      I really do like this article. Beautiful photos. You have given me more confidence in writing here. Thanks

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Dawn Wish I would have known you were close...perhaps we could have met for lunch...oh well ...perhaps another time. Thanks for your comments.

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      Dawn 

      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I love your photos and your page. Awesome. Havre de Grace is very close to me. I had no idea of the history of the lighthouse. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Susan. There are lots of great lighthouses in eastern Canada. Enjoy!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful lighthouses. I'm going to be going to eastern Canada in September and I hope to get a few shots of lighthouses while I'm there.

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