Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last screwpile cottage-style light station in its original location in Chesapeake Bay. It’s located about a mile and a half offshore from the nearest point of land in Annapolis, Maryland. The City of Annapolis owns the lighthouse, and the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society manages it. The Annapolis Maritime Museum serves as the departure point for boat tours to the lighthouse.
This episode features an interview with Bob Stevenson, one of the key coordinators of the public tour program at the lighthouse. He is also the docent training coordinator and has been with the preservation program at Thomas Point Shoal since the very beginning.
Also featured is an interview with Gary Riemenschneider, who has developed much of the helpful and interesting educational material on the U.S. Lighthouse Society website. For anyone who has used the published Light Lists for research, you know how tedious it can be. Gary has added historical light list data to the USLHS website, and it’s available to researchers. It’s also integrated with the J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog on the site. USLHS Executive Director Jeff Gales also took part in this interview.
Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org