Keepers of the Light: Great Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay
Explore the lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay, learning the story of the people who kept them, hearing lectures by experts and discovering renowned cuisine and maritime culture.
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Program No. 1504RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The beautiful coast of the Chesapeake Bay is home to more than 30 lighthouses that tell the stories of the region’s rich maritime heritage. This adventure takes you by land and by sea to get a first-hand look at 8 of the Chesapeake’s historic lighthouses. Learn about the different styles of lighthouses typical of the region, and hear their intriguing histories and the stories of the men and the women who kept them lit. Explore Smith Island — a place that time forgot — and have lunch at the island’s famous Bayside Inn. Enjoy talks by local lighthouse experts, entertainment by maritime musicians and special behind-the-scenes explorations of local museums.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half of a mile on flat terrain; stairs; getting on/off boats. Spending up to three and half hours at a time on charter boat bench seating.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go behind the scenes of Estuarine Biology and Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum and at the Maryland Archeology Conservation Laboratory.
  • Savor local fare, which includes a special Chesapeake Bay seafood dinner.
  • View lighthouses you can see only by boat, and visit the Site of Maryland's first landing and Blackistone Lighthouse.
Featured Expert
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Ralph Eshelman
Dr. Ralph Eshelman has extensive knowledge of maritime history, polar exploration, vertebrate paleontology, and cultural resource management; his research interests have taken him all over the globe. He is active in several professional and civic marine and conservancy organizations including roles as past president of the Council of American Maritime Museums, and founding vice-president of the National Maritime Preservation Task Force of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dr. Eshelman is also a consultant to the National Park Service.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ralph Eshelman
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Stephen Godfrey
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