A new lighthouse has been erected on Shafner's Point, on the north side of the Annapolis River, in the County of Annapolis, and was put in operation on the 24th September. The work was done by Mr. John Wagstaff, of Annapolis, under contract, for the sum of $900. The light is fixed white, elevated 55 feet above high water, and should be visible 11 miles. The building is a square wooden tower, painted white, and surmounted by an iron lantern, painted red, and measures 43 feet from base to vane. The illuminating apparatus consists of a small size dioptric lens. The light is intended for the guidance of vessels navigating the Annapolis River, and especially to indicate the position of Goat Island Shoals.
Joseph K. Healy was appointed the first keeper of the lighthouse, but twelve years later the appointment was cancelled after an official investigation found "that on the occasion of the late Dominion election Mr. Healy was guilty of active and offensive political partizanship [sic]."
The lighthouse is just past the Port Royal National Historic park, a reconstruction of the first permanent European settlement in Canada, and sits between the road and the shoreline.