Thomas Point Light

I grew up here. This was my playground. I sailed by and around Thomas Point light many times as a teenager and young man. The light marks a shoal and signals the entrance to Annapolis Harbor for ships coming up the Chesapeake from the mouth of the bay. There are only a few of these old, screw-pile lights left. This is the only one still in its original location. Today it is automated. At one time it was manned. We had a retired couple who had been lighthouse keepers in our church in Annapolis. Wilson and Elizabeth Rawls were delightful people. On the boat ride out to the light my daughter, Shannon, reminded me of the Sunday morning I noticed and was puzzled by little flecks of silly putty festooning Mrs. Rawls carefully coiffed, gray hair…until I saw one fall from the balcony where Shannon was sitting.

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