Earlier this year, a crew of seven volunteers from the Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) office in Washington, DC, set off for Chesapeake Bay to help with preservation work needed to keep the historic Thomas Point Shoal Light Station stable. Aboard The Audacious, a 39-year-old Maryland crabbing boat, we took the half-hour sail from Annapolis, Maryland, to the screw-pile, cottage-style lighthouse built in 1875. Manufactured in Baltimore, the cottage was assembled from a kit transported by barge to this location. Human labor drove the screw piles through the water and then down 8 feet into the sandy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay, 1.5 miles off Thomas Point.
Once we had climbed through the hatch on the underside of the station, some SGH colleagues set to work painting the interior walls of the cottage’s second floor, while others painted the pickets encircling the outside deck. We enjoyed several hours of preservation work; lunch in the corral-like structure under the cottage, where (we were told) food and animals were kept in years past to feed the lighthouse keepers; and a swim off the dock, where thankfully the current wasn’t too swift that day. Afterward, The Audacious took us back to land to cap off a memorable day.
Giving time to preserving this National Historic Landmark helps keep the DC office connected to the community where we work. Many thanks go to my colleagues for joining me, including Ali Al Aloosi, Scott Cirmo, Mat Daw, Tianzheng Wang, and Michael Zajac.
Learn more about efforts to restore the lighthouse.