Maryland Lighthouses

Maryland Lighthouses

What can be said about the light stations in Maryland is that they have fans and supporters that are from the state, as well as those who are outsiders that are not from the state. Something that has made the popularity and safety of lighthouses here be of utmost importance is the work being done by the Maryland Lighthouse Commission, which has been able to get Maryland lighthouses the support, funding, and restoration that they need. What the state of Maryland has, and something that most states in the USA have, is funding that is set aside that can be used entirely to preserving historical elements of that state. The issue that comes up with this funding is that it can only be spread so thin, and in a lot of cases preserving lighthouses seems to often times be towards the bottom of the list. When they are organizations the this that spend a lot of time, effort, and resources to make sure lighthouses receive a special consideration to protect and preserve lighthouses in whatever state the focus is being given to. What makes this possible is that their daily concern is to make sure that there is no threat posed to the lighthouses in Maryland, and to successfully do this regular meetings are needed and the coordinating of activities that can help raise awareness about what needs to be done for the light stations. While the Maryland Lighthouse Commission is no longer together, the work of taking care of MD lighthouses has been passed on to the Maryland Historical Trust; which has done a pretty good job. Although many are happy with the work that trust as done, there are others that are concerned about their effectiveness and focus since there is a handful of light stations that no one can say for sure what their future will be.

An area of Maryland that relies heavily on the support of lighthouses is Chesapeake Bay which has a ton of harbors and ports that regularly receives shipments of all sorts. What makes is difficult for ships and boats to navigate in this bay are the channels that are often unpredictable, and the marine life that is so populous that it can be dangerous for the water vessels. This issue that the Chesapeake Bay has for maritime travelers is not new, but as history shows it has always been there. Before lighthouses in MD were constructed things in this area were so bad that people would light fires on the coastline, or people would put candles in their windows to help the boats navigate; of course this only lasted until lighthouses started to be constructed in that area.

Hooper Strait Lighthouse

A Picture Of The Hooper Strait Lighthouse