Solomons Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description
6 Bedrooms + Convertible Bed(s), 4 Full and 2 Half Baths (Sleeps 12-16)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and cared for by the Calvert Marine Museum, the Cove Point Lighthouse Historic site has been lovingly restored and repurposed so that it can now be enjoyed by all. The active lighthouse and keeper’s home sit on a seven-acre point of land in one of the narrowest points of the Chesapeake Bay. It was established in 1828, making it the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland and the fifth-oldest existing lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. Structures on the property include the 40-foot high brick light tower, dating to 1828, and a keeper’s house, originally built in the same year, but enlarged in 1925 to make it a duplex for two keepers and their families. Other buildings on the site include the 1901 fog bell building, now used as a mini-theatre for public orientations, a two-bedroom cottage built in 1950, and a brick building housing the Coast Guard’s radio transmitter and emergency diesel generator, also dating from 1950.
The 2 ½ story keeper’s duplex has been renovated from top to bottom. The site has a total of six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, two washers and dryers, Wi-Fi, brand new custom kitchens, central heat and air, a screened porch, and all the modern comforts and conveniences of home. Visitors can rent the site for three, four, or seven day periods. Many of the home’s original features have been retained and restored, including hard pine floors, cast iron heaters, deep window sills, doors, moldings, and eyebrow windows. The interior is decorated with a mix of old and new and includes original artwork, pieces from museum archives, locally built furniture, as well as one of a kind kitchen tables made from the reclaimed wood of the dismantled Cedar Point Lighthouse and a local general store. The kitchen cabinets were handcrafted locally and the tile that was laid captures the character of a 1925 home. To add interest to the site, portions of the drywall have been removed to expose some of the features of the original 1 ½ story home, which were covered when it was enlarged in 1925.
The grounds are completely fenced with a private entrance and direct access to the beach. The site is an idyllic place to slow down and enjoy uninterrupted time with your family and friends. Since this mixed-use lighthouse site is still a fully functioning site, in addition to being a vacation rental, it will continue to welcome the public during the summer season for tours of the grounds.
Proceeds from this beautiful rental site will support the Calvert Marine Museum and a lighthouse endowment set up for its continued care.
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- children welcome
About Megan Palmer
The Calvert Marine Museum is the caretaker of Cove Point Lighthouse, which was acquired by the Calvert County Government in 2000. The museum is located in Solomons, Maryland, just 7 miles south of the lighthouse site. Our three themes include Maritime History of the local area, Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, and the Estuarine Biology of the local waters.
The Calvert Marine Museum is open 7 days a week except for certain holidays, from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. We offer a 1-hour boat tour of the Patuxent River, opportunity to tour the Drum Point Lighthouse, a children's Discovery Room, and many other fun and interesting opportunities.
The museum has been open since 1970 and was created by several locals who wanted to preserve the quickly-changing heritage of the area. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and educate the community about the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding area.
Megan Palmer purchased this cottage in 2000
Why Megan Palmer chose Solomons Island
The property is one of just a few authentic lighthouses still in operation. It is a wonderful combination of privacy and peacefulness combined with easy access to restaurants, art galleries, and entertainment.
What makes this cottage unique
The home sits right on its own private beach with direct access to the Chesapeake Bay. Not to mention the view of the light shining down across the water at night is breathtaking.