Cove Point Lighthouse was built in 1828 to guide mariners up and down the Chesapeake Bay. The first lighthouse keeper was paid $350/yr and was kept busy cleaning the lenses, trimming the wicks, and hauling whale oil up the steps to fuel the lamps every few hours, 24 hours a day. The intense smokeless lights could be seen for up to 15 miles.
It’s a bit tricky getting to this location, “NO” signs everywhere, the neighbors are highly suspicious so it’s impossible to park anywhere. I did have a big lie ready, (sorry God) about meeting a Realtor there to look at a house, I parked in front of a house with a “For Sale” sign. When I got to the lighthouse there were signs posted “No walking on Seawall or Rocks” so to get to the other side I had to wade in the water and walk on a few rocks (sorry again).