Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer lighthouse hunt #1

Today we can check our first lighthouse off of our Summer Lighthouse challange.

We spent a very hot and sunny Sunday in the quaint little town of
Havre De Grace, Maryland.

Havre De Grace is an old town filled with pretty historical homes, antique shops,  plenty of cafes and restaurants, a wonderful playground,  marinas and fishing piers all with a stunning views of the Susquehanna and  Chesapeake Bay.

In the center of it all is the Concord Point Lighthouse.

Not only were real happy to find the first lighthouse on our list.. 
We were super excited when the keeper asked us if we wanted to go inside.

Up we went..

First.. the stairs

Then.. a little ladder to the top.

Through the trap door..

And there we were..  standing at the top of the little lighthouse

Sally,  who wasn't very enthused about the lighthouse challenge,
now can't wait to visit the next one!!!!

The view from the top was stunning.

Concord Point Quick Facts

■Second oldest lighthouse in Maryland (built 1827)
■Northern-most lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay
■30-foot tower painted white with metal lantern painted black
■Built of local Port Deposit granite
■Tower walls are 3 feet thick at the base, 18 inches at the top
■5th Order Fresnels lens
■27 granite steps, 8-rung iron ladder to lantern
■Original tongue and groove mahogany door and lock
■First keeper was John O'Neill, hero of the War of 1812
■Automated in 1920
■Decommissioned in 1975- Oldest light in continuous service at the time of decommissioning
■Keeper's Dwelling built in 1827 of local granite
■Keeper's Dwelling was built 200 feet from the tower

It was a great day.
We took in some great scenery, connected with nature, learned a little something,
and enjoyed a great lunch of crisp summer salads and ice cold drinks on a balcony overlooking the Susquehanna river.

A Perfect Day!

Happy Monday Friends!!!

Welcome new friends and thank you for following,  I look forward to getting to know everyone.
Thank you trusty old friends for sticking with me through my dry spells.
You guys rock!


Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a fabulous day Leslie! I love those kind of days! In fact, you are making me a little homesick for Nova Scotia as the landscape is very similar! Happy Monday! Angie xo

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You found your lighthouse!! They are scarce here out west.

Katharine said...

Hey, I've been there! David and I were there a few years ago on an anniversary day really is beautiful!

Debbie said...

What fun. When you mentioned this challenge in an earlier post, I was really jealous! At least I get to tag along with your posts. Thanks for sharing. What fun to be able to go in and climb to the top!

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like fun! Can't wait for the next one.


Chris said...

Looks like a wonderful day out!!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I'm excited for your challenge and way to go jumping right into it! Love the pictures and the view! Sounds like a fun day!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've seen this lighthouse and it's one that I think is overlooked a bit--I can't wait to see the next one!! Enjoy your day!!

Linda said...

What a wonderful challenge! This is my first visit to your site...thanks for dropping by mine...and it's wonderful...I am your newest follower...I loved reading the older posts have a delightful looks so homey!Enjoy your day!!

Maple Lane said...

Beautiful lighthouse photos. Thanks for following me and I am now following you. Hope you have a great Father's Day weekend.