GSA Announces Notice of Availability for the Hooper Island Lighthouse

June 7, 2021

Hooper Island Lighthouse

Federal government seeking new steward for historic Chesapeake Bay lighthouse

PHILADELPHIA — On May 19, a Notice of Availability for the Hooper Island Lighthouse, located off the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, announced that the federal government is searching for a possible new steward to assume ownership. Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, this property may be available at no cost to eligible entities for educational, recreational, cultural or historic preservation purposes.

Any eligible entity (defined as federal agencies, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, educational agencies, or community development organizations) with an interest in acquiring the described property for a use consistent with the purposes stated above, should submit a letter of interest to the address listed below by July 19, 2021.

Letters of interest should include:

  • Name of property
  • Name of eligible entity
  • Point of contact, title, address, phone, and email
  • Non-profit agencies must provide a copy of their state-certified articles of incorporation or evidence that an application has been filed.

Letters of interest should be directed to:

Tod J. Taylor, Realty Specialist, GSA
404.215.6751 (o)
404.215.8600 (f)

Eligible entities that submit a letter of interest will be sent an application by the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) and given an opportunity to inspect the property. Building inspectors and/or contractors may accompany the applicant on the inspection. The completed application must be submitted to NPS within 90 days from the date of the inspection. The NPS will review applications and select an eligible entity to receive the property. If a recommendation is made, the GSA will coordinate re-conveyance of the property to the new steward.

The current steward is amenable to voluntary reversion of the property.

Hooper Island Light is a caisson (sparkplug) lighthouse built in 1902 and located approximately 3 miles west of Middle Hooper Island off of the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. The lighthouse stands in 18 feet of water with a focal plane height of 63 feet. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 2002.


About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a real estate portfolio of more than 370 million rentable square feet nationwide and overseeing approximately $68 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s four priorities of climate change; COVID response; economic recovery; and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

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Last Reviewed: 2021-06-08