Hooper's Strait Lighthouse - Monday, June 22, 2015

If you have been following the American Treasure Tour blog for a while, you have surely realized just how eclectic our collection is, and how many stories there are to be told from the items on display for visitors.  If you haven't been following the blog, it's time to start!  Because it is a great way to see just how fun the items are that we have on display - and if you're not careful you might even learn something here, too.  Today, we are going to talk about something a little different, something I would bet few visitors even notice along the tram route in the Toy Box - a model of the Hooper's Strait Lighthouse.

The Hooper's Strait Lighthouse as it can be seen today was named for its original location near the entrance to Tangier Sound in the Chesapeake Bay.  It was built in 1879.  Prior to that, lightships were stationed there as early as 1827.  One such ship was destroyed by the Confederates during the American Civil War, serving to inspire the placement of permanent buildings on the site shortly thereafter.  The 1867 house got uprooted ten years later, and floated down the Bay to its destruction.  Not to be dissuaded by nature, the current building replaced it, and stood in the spot until 1966.  

In '66, the Coast Guard planned to demolish it and have a skeleton tower topped with warning lights constructed in its stead.  The lighthouse itself managed to avoid destruction thanks to  the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, a complex in St. Michaels, Maryland dedicated to preserving the history of the region, with over 35 buildings and boats located on its grounds. The lighthouse dominates the 18-acre waterfront destination.  We recommend you visit the American Treasure Tour first.  See our model, as well as the other cool items we have on display.  Then take the three or so hour drive down to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and see the Hooper's Strait Lighthouse.  While the American Treasure Tour and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum both charge admission for entry, our blog can be enjoyed free of charge.  You're welcome. 
QUESTION:  How many active lighthouses are there in the State of Maryland?
A)  1
B)  7
C)  14
D)  21
ANSWER BELOW

HEAD OSMOND.  Most people with a memory of the 1970s are familiar with the names of Donny and Marie Osmond but, in the 1970s; he served as leader of the family band, The Osmonds.  The oldest of the seven siblings, Alan played piano and guitar, wrote many of their songs and choreographed the dancing of the five musically-inclined members of the family (Wayne, Merrill, and Jay, with Donny and Jimmy joining later.  Brothers George Virl Jr. and Tom were both born deaf and did not perform.)  After dating Karen Carpenter, Alan married Suzanne Pinegar, with whom he had eight sons who now perform together.  Alan, though, has retired from performing, having contracted muscular sclerosis.  He's turning 66 today.

QUOTE:  I may have MS, but MS doesn't have me! - Alan Osmond

ANSWER:  C)  14.  There are also three automated caissons and eleven skeleton towers that have replaced former active lighthouses.