In a severe winter back in the 1800’s there was much ice in the Chesapeake Bay. It was feared that the light house at Wolf Trap would be carried away and a tender plowed her way through the ice as near the light house as she could get. John William Thomas was on the light house alone.
My Grandfather and Mr. Thomas were close friends. They had gone through the War Between the States together. Grandfather, knowing that the light house was in danger of being swept away and of the consequent danger to Mr. Thomas was much upset. He believed implicitly in God and prayer. My Grandmother said that on that terrible night while the wind howled outside my Grandfather stayed on his knees all night praying for his friend.
The light house was swept away. However, just before it went, Mr. Thomas got off the ice and walked across it to the waiting tender which took him as close inshore and as near his home as she could. He then got off the ice and walked home.
*Wolf Trap Lighthouse Photo Courtesy of the National Archives