|Port Medway, NS|
Description: The Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries for 1899 chronicles the establishment of the Port Medway Lighthouse.
A lighthouse established on the eastern end of the breakwater in Port Medway harbour, on the south coast, was put in operation on April 1, 1899.
The lighthouse was covered in vinyl siding in 1979 and decommissioned a decade later on January 4, 1989.
Four years after the lighthouse went dark, so did the nearby fishing plant. The two decaying structures served as reminders of Port Medway’s once thriving fishing community, but were starting to become a blight for the community.
Deciding the lighthouse was an important part of the area’s marine heritage, the Medway Area Communities Association set out to save the tower in 1998. In July 2000, the lighthouse was purchased by the Municipality of Queens on behalf of the association, and after a $602,000 facelift of the lighthouse and its surroundings, the new Port Medway Lighthouse Park was opened in October 2002.
On hand at the park’s opening ceremony was ninety-two-year-old Kate Armstrong, niece of Keeper George McConnell. Kate Armstrong related that her two girls would climb the tower with Keeper McConnell. “I never went up to the top though,”she admitted. “I was too afraid!”
Located at the end of Long Cove Road in Port Medway. The lighthouse is owned by the Municipality of Queens. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Municipality of Queens. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.