Tony had some meetings in Lexington Park (Wednesday) and Silver Spring (Thursday), Maryland. I like Lexington Park and Silver Spring is not too far from Aunt Jane and Uncle Larry’s (even though I said I didn’t like DC much). I wrote Aunt Jane and asked if they were going to be around and she invited us to visit with them once Tony was done with his work travel. Since everything worked out so well, I went with Tony.
Lexington Park is a really interesting place and it’s not too far from a number of lighthouses. The nearest one is in Solomons, which is about 30 minutes from the place Tony was working, so I dropped him off and took the car to the Calvert Marine Museum. Admission gets you into the museum and the lighthouse. Some days, they take out a boat (Wm. B. Tennison). I was really interested in doing that too, but the weather was pretty lousy and Tony was out of his meeting before they did their cruise.
The museum is set up so that it’s a bit like a self-guided tour, rather than wandering around (although once you are in the museum, you can go wherever you want). First, is the paleontology exhibit. There was a school group there, so I basically skipped that part. Eventually, there is an exhibit that displays fish that are native to the area, as well as some of the invaders. There is a “marsh walk” where signs describ the creatures living in the marsh. There is the history exhibit, which covers slavery, the war of 1812, and other more general history. Finally, there is an exhibit that talks about the history of wooden boat building.
The lighthouse is open for 30 minutes at a time periodically throughout the day. I meandered through the museum and the marsh (on the marsh walk) and still had a little bit of time before the lighthouse opened for the first tour. It’s a self-guided tour, although they have an employee at the bottom of the lighthouse to explain things if you have questions.
The Drum Point Lighthouse is a “screwpile” lighthouse, which means that it sits on stilts. It seems that in the past, you had to climb a ladder on the side of the light to get into the house, but now, there is a set of stairs up into the bottom. The first and second floors are living space, while the third floor is the actual light. There is some furniture in the living space to give a sense of how the lighthouse would have looked. The round lighthouse wasn’t quite as round on the inside – some of the walls were squared off to make the rooms more regular. The space was really interesting. I didn’t get any pictures in Lexington Park this trip (this is the time I most missed the camera on my phone, I think).
Shortly after I finished in the lighthouse, Tony wrote and asked if I’d be willing to take him lunch and not long after lunch, we left for Silver Spring, so I didn’t mind too much that the weather wasn’t the greatest.