Climb one of the oldest lighthouses on the Potomac River, constructed in 1836. The site was once visited by Washington dignitaries including several U.S. presidents. The six-acre park includes a picnic area, kayak launch, a boardwalk, pier and sandy beach (no fishing or swimming). The museum details the area’s history and also includes an exhibit of the WWII U-1105 Black Panther German submarine, which lies just offshore in an area designated as the state’s first Historic Shipwreck Dive Preserve. The Potomac River Maritime Exhibit includes a collection of of historic wooden boats that once plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay as well as the watermen’s story. The museum, maritime exhibit and boardwalk are handicap accessible. Call ahead or visit the website for the museum’s seasonal hours of operation, to schedule a group tour or to come by boat. Admission is $7 per adult, $3.50 for senior citizens and military personnel, students 6 to 18, and free for children 5 and under. Admission fee provides a staffed guided tour of the museum, maritime exhibit, and lighthouse tower. The park area is free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.
American Association of Museums
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