If you visit Solomons Island, MD — and you really should go check it out — you should visit the Calvert Marine Museum.
At the Calvert Marine Museum you’ll learn about maritime history on the Chesapeake Bay, the area’s paleontology (and there’s quite a bit of that!), life working on the water in the Chesapeake Bay, and local estuarine life of the Patuxent River and the Bay.
The museum presents several exhibits, including an extensive collection of historic working boats (if you’ve ever wanted to see an historic bugeye, this is where you’d go for that! There’s a beauty in those boats that’s worth seeing.
In addition, you can climb up into the Drum Point Light, which has been restored to how it would have looked during its working life.
Drum Point Lighthouse
This historic lighthouse is a screwpile light, with a traditional cottage on top — one of only three remaining from the original 45 that once served the Chesapeake Bay region. It functioned as a lighthouse until 1962, when it was decomissioned. Sadly, then it fell victim to vandals and neglect, until finally it was moved to its current location in 1975.
Now, it’s restored to the time period of early 20th century, and is one of the museum’s main attractions!