and Historic Park
Point Lighthouse Museum is a white two-story structure on
the north campus of the park and houses museum exhibits, the
Lighthouse Lens Museum Store and offers restrooms and
visitor information. Guests are encouraged to begin their
visitor experience at the museum where you can sign in, pay
admission, and obtain a tour guide who will then provide
escort to the Potomac River Maritime Exhibit on the north campus and the
lighthouse and keeper's quarters on the south campus.
Those who desire to climb to the top of the lighthouse must
be accompanied by a staff person or volunteer.
Museum exhibits focus on the
construction and operation of the lighthouse, lighthouse keepers, the role
of the United States Coast Guard, and the
story of the Black Panther U-1105 German submarine sunk in
the Potomac that now serves as Maryland's first historic
shipwreck dive preserve.
Lighthouse Lens Museum Store
The museum store offers an array of Piney Point Lighthouse souvenirs,
nautical gifts, books, jewelry, clothing, children's corner and more! The
store is operated by the Friends of the St. Clement's Island and Piney
Point Museums with proceeds returning to support museum programs, projects
and exhibits. The Lighthouse Lens is your destination for unique quality
gifts. And for the "one who has everything," consider a gift membership to
The Friends! Museum members receive a 10% discount on store purchases.
The Potomac River Maritime Exhibit
Also located on the northern campus is the building that houses the
collection of four historic wooden vessels on loan from the Paul
Hall School of Maritime Training and Education. The collection is
comprised of a 67-foot skipjack (Joy Parks), an 84-foot bugeye
(Dorothy A. Parsons), a log canoe, and Potomac River dory boat. The
exhibit focuses on the life of the watermen who
sustained a livelihood working the waters of the Potomac for crabs, fish
Piney Point Lighthouse Park and Pier
The lighthouse and
keeper’s quarters were built by master lighthouse builder, John Donahoo
for the contracted price of $3,888. The circular tower stands 35 feet tall
from its base to the coping and the walls are 3 feet 10 inches thick at
the base and 2 feet 3 inches at the parapet. This lighthouse was the
tenth of the 12 lighthouses built by Donahoo in his lifetime.
Come by boat! The Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park is also
accessible by boat. The pier connects to the boardwalk
that surrounds the lighthouse and picnic area. The scenic riverside venue
of the lighthouse offers guests an aesthetic panorama and
serene escape with comfortable benches and picnic tables to accommodate an extended
For those coming by land, bring a picnic lunch or dinner and
enjoy the shaded picnic area near the lighthouse. The
beautiful new sidewalks and boardwalk make the south
campus area handicap accessible. The pier offers a
beautiful view of the Piney Point and St. George Island
This site is available for rental for
special events. Contact the site supervisor at
301-994-1471 for more information.
The park also offers a kayak launch located on the
north campus next to the Potomac River Maritime
Exhibit. It rest on the serene waters of the Piney
Point Creek and paddlers are invited to discover
this lovely Potomac River tributary. Launch is open
during staffed hours of operation.
Piney Point Lighthouse
Lighthouse of Presidents”
Built in 1836, the
Piney Point Lighthouse and keeper’s quarters are located 14 miles up the
Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay. This beacon stands
preserved today as a witness to a bygone era of high society
entertaining American Presidents such as James Monroe, Franklin Pierce,
Theodore Roosevelt and other notables including American statesman
Daniel Webster, American Vice President John C. Calhoun, and
later, the inimitable singer Kate Smith.
Time and tide had taken its toll by the time
preservation efforts of the Piney Point lighthouse began in
earnest in 1990 by the Museum Division of St. Mary's County
Department of Recreation and Parks. The lighthouse was
restored and the outbuildings were renovated and
preservation efforts remain ongoing. The lighthouse tower is
open for climbing during visitor museum hours of operation
and offers a stunning view of the Potomac River and the
Piney Point area.
HOURS OF OPERATION
March 25 to September 30
Open daily: 10 am to 5 pm
October through December
Friday to Monday: 12 noon to 4 pm
for extended holiday schedule in December
Museum closed to the
public. Guided tours and bus tours available
by pre-arrangement with site supervisor:
April Havens (301-994-1471)
Museum Closed: New Year's Day, Good
Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving Day,
Admission: $7.00 adults, $3.50 senior
citizens and military personnel,
students: FREE for children 5 and under.
Admission includes a guided tour of the
museum, Potomac River Maritime Exhibit,
and lighthouse tower on the south
Large group/student/bus tours welcome!
Pre-arranged group tour rates for 20 or
more: $3.50 per adult, $2 per
student/senior citizen/military persons.
To pre-arrange a tour, contact site
Supervisor April Havens,
he Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum
and Historic Park is available for site
rental for weddings, picnics, etc.
Contact the site Supervisor for fees,
policies, and reservations.
Pier and docking facilities
Kayak launch available during staffed
Museum, maritime exhibit, board walk,
pier are handicap accessible.
Grounds open sunrise to sunset, year round.
Piney Point Lighthouse
Museum & Historic Park
44720 Lighthouse Road
Piney Point, Maryland 20674
Take 495/95 to exit 7a (Route 5 south to Waldorf). Follow Route 5 south
through Leonardtown to Callaway. Turn right on Route 249. Drive 9 miles
to Piney Point making a right onto Lighthouse Road
to the end.
Take State Route
301 to 234 east to Leonardtown. Turn right on Route 5 South through
Leonardtown to Callaway. Turn right on Route 249. Drive 9 miles to Piney
Point making a right onto Lighthouse Road
to the end.