Chesapeake Ranch Estates-Drum Point Community Information
Chesapeake Ranch Estates and Drum Point were both originally rural areas that were sparsely populated. Most of the residents survived off the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River, harvesting crabs, oysters, clams and fish. After World War II, the communities became popular as seasonal locations for water sports and as a weekend resort area. Eventually, the communities grew more permanent and are continuing to grow in stunning ways.
Residents of Chesapeake Ranch Estates are a short drive from the heart of Washington, DC as the community is situated 60 miles off the Capitol Beltway (I-495) and less than 60 miles south from Annapolis. The Lusby Town Center provides residents with all their shopping and retail needs and if a day of rest and relaxation is needed, residents can head over to Driftwood Beach or Seahorse Beach (the community's two private beaches) for some sea, sand and sun.
Drum Point was originally in the possession of the Chilean Barreda brothers until it was acquired by Judge Gray. The Drum Point Lighthouse was originally placed in the northern tip of the Patuxent River, which is currently known as "The Point." It was first constructed starting in the 1850s, not far from the shore line, in ten feet of water. Yet steady stilting eventually led to the shorelines steady move closer and closer to the light. In 1944 the light became electrified and in 1960 it became automated. In 1974, the lighthouse was handed over to the Calvert historical Society, who redesigned it so that it is now a beautiful site to behold and open to the entire public.