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Restoration at Maryland’s Point No Point Light

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Point No Point Lighthouse at the entrance to the Potomac River in the Chesapeake Bay near Dameron, Maryland is undergoing restoration.

Built in 1905, the lighthouse was automated in 1938 but the Coast Guard kept it as a staffed station until 1962 when the last personnel were removed. After that, without proper maintenance, the lighthouse fell into a severe state of disrepair.

In 2001 the Coast Guard did some major restoration work to the structure that included interior structural repairs and replaced most of the metal roof of the lighthouse.

In 2006 the Coast Guard declared the lighthouse as excess property, and the General Service Administration (GSA) offered the lighthouse for free to any qualified applicant, but no group or organization wanted it. So, the lighthouse was put up for auction. However, when the bidding reached a high bid of $135,000, the auction was stopped when it was reported that the lighthouses was a boundary for a U.S. Navy aerial target area. But those who believe in conspiracy theories of one kind or another, speculated that the government stopped the auction for other reasons.

The current restoration project is obviously costing a ton of money.

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