Point Lookout Lighthouse

Historical Lighthouse Pictures


Last additions - Interior Pictures
Basement1.jpg
531 viewsSouth Side Basement, middle room.Jan 05, 2009
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530 viewsBoth the North and South sides of the Lighthouse have private entrances to the Tower. The entrance to the tower opens into a steep spiral staircase with small steps; the staircase ends at a landing where the door to the attic is located. To reach the light, you must then climb a ladder leading to a narrow hatch. Once through the hatch, you are officially in the Lighthouse Cupola/Tower! During Hans Holzer's visit, one of the mediums got an impression that a man had been murdered in the entrance to the tower. A voice recorded here said in a British accent, "Hold your tongue, Handsome (or Hanson)".

Feb 18, 2008
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531 viewsThe interior walls are in bad shape. Some of the damage has been caused by vandals, however, other areas were opened up as part of a structural evaluation prior to the 2002 rennovation. The brick in the old part of the lighthouse is 14" thick.Feb 18, 2008
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Bedroom Light Bulb505 viewsThis is a picture of a lightbulb in one of the upstairs bedrooms. The picture was taken at the open house. For some reason, I was drawn to the lightbulbs, so I snapped some pictures. Nothing appears to be extraordinary about this picture.

Feb 18, 2008
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588 viewsThese steep wooden stairs have seen a lot of wear (or feet!) and are still in good shape, however, they are very steep.
Feb 18, 2008
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593 viewsAfter climbing the spiral stairs, you reach a landing which contains this ladder. At the top of the ladder is a hatch which you push open and climb into the Lighthouse Tower. Point Lookout Lighthouse is an integral lighthouse, meaning that the tower is attached to the roof of the lighthouse, as opposed to having a seperate structure.
Feb 18, 2008
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South Side Kitchen627 viewsA screened vent in the kitchen window. The Navy installed the vents as an interim measure to allow air circulation within the lighthouse to prevent moisture and mold from building up inside. This window vent was put in place by the Navy as part of the effort to put the lighthouse in a "mothball" state to prevent any further damage and to keep it structurally sound. The vent was replaced in the 2002 remodel.

Feb 18, 2008
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593 viewsThis is a unique built-in cabinet next to a storage closet in the South side of the Lighthouse, and one of the few differences between the north and south sides of the lighthouse. The custom cabinets were built by Keeper Herman Metivier. It has been this coral color since at least 1979.
Feb 18, 2008
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Kitchen643 viewsThis room is used as the entrance to the Lighthouse. Many of the cabinets have been removed, however, the stove and sink fixtures still remain in fairly good shape. Feb 18, 2008
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Fresnel Lens Stand590 viewsThis is the actual light housing located up in the tower/cupola. The light was originally operated with oil, until it was electrified in the 1920s, first by a windmill and later by generators and commercial power. Hans Holzer's group visited here and recorded a voice in this area that said: "My Home".
Feb 18, 2008
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598 viewsThe furnace is located in the northwest side basement room. A retaining wall was built around the furnace to protect it from the frequent flooding that occurs at the Point. The rusty old furnace was not old or rusty as recently as 1981, when it was in good working order. Heating a twelve room house required a lot of expensive oil. Residents have reported that the house was pretty warm in the winter due to the 14-inch thick walls. However, the 500 gallon oil tank always needed refilling and was quite expensive during the oil crisis in the early 80's.

Feb 18, 2008
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620 viewsThis picture shows the fuse box located in the basement. The fuses blew frequently and Laura had to go to the basement in complete darkness to change the fuses. This is the only room where she did not feel comfortable entering; unfortunately she had to go to the basement all the time to replace blown fuses. Point Lookout State Park personnel used the basement for storage. The fusebox wall contains two windows that look out to the Chesapeake Bay (the windows are located underneath the porch). To the right of the blue fusebox, you can see a portion of the original brick wall exposed by the crumbling cement; the original walls were covered by cement during a previous renovation.

Feb 18, 2008
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