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 Fort Point, NS    
Lighthouse accessible by car and a short, easy walk.Lighthouse open for climbing.Interior open or museum on site.Fee charged.Photogenic lighthouse or setting.
Description: Located on the southern shore of Liverpool Bay, Fort Point Lighthouse has been helping vessels navigate through Liverpool Harbour and into the Mersey River since 1855 and is the third oldest surviving lighthouse in Nova Scotia. A lighthouse had been established at Coffin Island, at the entrance to Liverpool Bay, in 1815, but the booming timber trade demanded another aid be constructed to make navigating Liverpool's harbour easier and safer by day or night. An 1855 petition by "merchants, shipmasters and other inhabitants of Queens County" persuaded the Nova Scotia legislature to erect a harbour light for Liverpool.

The original lighthouse consisted of just the small square front portion of the present structure, which in 1870 was described as "of the greatest importance to the trade of the port." Three brass oil lanterns, magnified by 12-inch, silver-plated reflectors combined to produce a light that had a range of eight miles.

The early keepers had only a small room on the second floor to use as a residence as the top floor was devoted to the light, and supplies were kept on the ground floor. The cramped quarters prompted the first keeper, Samuel Sellon, to live in town, but subsequent keepers resided in the lighthouse. A dwelling and fuel and equipment storage shed were finally added in 1878, producing a rather unique architectural design.

Seal oil was first burned in the lamp, followed by kerosene oil, which was used until the light was electrified in 1951. The light was discontinued in 1989. A drum Fresnel lens that replaced the original system of lamps and reflectors can be viewed in the lantern room.

When the lighthouse was slated to be demolished by the federal government, the Town of Liverpool stepped in to care for its beloved landmark and took possession of the lighthouse and surrounding land in 1970. Located in what is now known as Fort Point Lighthouse Park, the lighthouse was opened to visitors starting in 1997.

Location: Located on Fort Point, overlooking the harbour in Liverpool.
Latitude: 44.043489
Longitude: -64.707584

For a larger map of Fort Point Lighthouse, click the lighthouse in the above map.

Travel Instructions: From Route 103, take Exit 19 south to Liverpool. You will shortly join Route 3 (Lighthouse Route), which will cross over Mersey River. As you enter the downtown area after the river, turn left onto Main Street and follow it to its end at Lighthouse Park.

The lighthouse is open free of charge (donations welcome) from mid-May to Mid-October, and one can climb to the light and enjoy various lighthouse memorabilia. Be sure to ask for an Explore Our Lighthouses map, which notes the locations of the seven lighthouses located in Queens County and the best viewing locations for the offshore lights. On clear days, one can view Coffin Island Lighthouse in the distance from Fort Point Lighthouse.

The lighthouse is owned by the community of Liverpool. Grounds open, tower open in season.

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