One of the missions of the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is to educate, inform and entertain those who are interested in Chesapeake Bay area lighthouses. On the weekend of September 16 and 17, in partnership with the lighthouse organizations across the state, the Chapter will do just that.

Participants who visit participating lighthouses during the allotted hours will receive a complimentary souvenir of that lighthouse. It is not necessary to visit all the lighthouses to participate and they can be visited in any order. Those who score a perfect ten by visiting all the lighthouse attractions will receive an additional souvenir proclaiming that “they’ve seen the lights!”

For participants’ added pleasure, and to really put the “challenge” in the event, organizers are offering three bonus lights — Sandy Point Shoal (to be viewed off shore from one of Maryland’s most popular state parks), the Blackistone Lighthouse Replica at the site of Maryland’s birthplace, St. Clement’s Island, and Millers Island Lighthouse to be viewed from the Dock of the Bay Restaurant in Sparrows Point.

There will also be an add-on Bonus Cruise aboard Sawyer’s Charters, departing from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to see some of the Bay’s more elusive lighthouses, and an early bird special on Friday, Sept. 18, which includes all of the Eastern Shore attractions, for those who want to jumpstart their Challenge adventure.

Lighthouses are an important aspect of our state’s maritime heritage and remain treasured keepsakes of a by-gone era. Participants will find these magnificent structures and the history surrounding them water’s edge at some of the most scenic destinations statewide.

Lighthouse enthusiasts, be prepared to See the Lights!

Instructions and detailed driving directions, one light to the next, available at

The Maryland Lighthouse Challenge — making Maryland memories, one lighthouse at a time!

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