Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

On Baltimore's Inner Harbor tour two historic Chesapeake Bay icons - the Lightship Chesapeake and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - both part of Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Beginning in 1933, the Lightship marked the entrances to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays for almost 40 years. Its masthead light, foghorn and bell helped guide mariners to safe harbor, while its anchors held it in position defying the most violent storms and waves.

Built in 1856, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is the oldest "screwpile" lighthouse in Maryland. It was built on cast iron pilings with corkscrew-like bases screwed into the soft mud on the bottom of the Bay, eliminating the need for masonry foundation. The lighthouse marked the entrance to Baltimore's harbor for 133 years before being moved to the Inner Harbor and restored. Both of these structures represent the Chesapeake's importance as a commercial resource and transportation route.

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Hours

Lightship Chesapeake

  • November- March: Open daily from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • April- May: Open daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • June
    • Sun-Thurs: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Fri and Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • July- August
    • Sun-Thurs: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Fri and Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept-Oct: Open daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Seven Ft. Knoll Lighthouse

  • January and February
    • Mon-Thurs: closed
    • Fri and Sat: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • March: Open daily from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • April- May: Open daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • June
    • Sun-Thurs: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Fri and Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • July- August
    • Sun-Thurs: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Fri and Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept-Oct: Open daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Nov-Dec: Open Daily from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Admission to the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is free to all visitors.

Admission onto the Lightship Chesapeake is $11 for adults (ages 11-59), $9 for seniors, $5 for children, and free for any children ages 5 and under.

History

The US Sloop-of-War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980's.

Also included in the collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years.

Activities

Self-guided and guided tours

Facilities

A gift shop is located in the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.

Accessibility

The Lightship and Lighthouse are not wheelchair accessible.

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