|Mullins Point Range Rear, NS|
Description: On September 25, 1873, H. W. Johnston, the Nova Scotia agent for the Department of Marine and Fisheries, reported on the construction of a lighthouse on Mullins Point. “A small lighthouse has been built at Mullin’s Point, on the north side of the entrance to Wallace Harbor, in Cumberland County. It is a fixed white light, elevated thirty-nine feet above high water. The tower is a square wooden building, painted white, twenty-five feet high. The contract was given to Mr. Zebud Mullins, for $300. The light was first exhibited on the 1st August last, and is under the temporary charge of the builder. Mr. Benjamin Smith has since been appointed keeper at an annual salary of $100.”
Benjamin Smith only served as keeper for a few months, as Zebud Mullins was made responsible for the light in April of 1874. Authorities realized that a companion light could be used with the Mullins Point Lighthouse to help vessels avoid Oak Island Bar and safely navigate the channel leading to Wallace Harbour. Keeper Mullins’ personal residence just happened to be properly aligned with the lighthouse, and he agreed to allow a red light to be exhibited from a window in his home to serve as the rear range light. For the use of his home and the extra effort required to maintain two lights, Mullins’ annual salary was raised from $100 to $150.
This arrangement worked well until Zebud Mullins passed away in 1892. The Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries for 1893 details the situation.
A lamp in the window of the dwelling-house of the late keeper at this station had been utilized as a back range light, but last year a change in the keepership was made and the owner of the dwelling-house refused to allow the old arrangement to continue: it consequently became necessary to provide a new back range tower, and in connection with that it was deemed advisable to provide a dwelling-house for the new light-keeper.
The still standing Mullins Point Lighthouse, a combination dwelling and light tower, was the structure that was built in 1894 to serve as the rear range light and residence for the keeper. The tower, centered atop the one-and-a-half-story dwelling’s gabled hip roof, rises to a height of forty-eight feet and provided a focal plane of eighty-two feet for the rear range light. The structure was built by Daniel McDonald of Pictou at a cost of $1,507, which included relocating the oil house from the old site.
In 1965, the range lights were unmanned after the wooden range lights were replaced by steel skeleton towers. Mr. and Mrs. John Sproul purchased the combination dwelling/tower and moved it roughly 1.5 km along the shore from its original location. The Mullins Point Lighthouse continues to be used as a private residence.
Located alongside North Wallace Road in North Wallace. The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
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