February 14, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Visitors and locals alike will continue to enjoy the unique attributes of Fort Point Lighthouse, with a revitalized, innovative flavor. On February 14, 2017, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved the proposal submitted by Lane’s Privateer Inn to operate Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, NS, on a seasonal basis for a three year period, beginning in spring 2017.
“We are excited about the special features, events and attractions that Lane’s is planning for the next three years at Fort Point Lighthouse. We are also fortunate to enjoy local entrepreneurial leadership that is creating exemplary ways to best leverage our local cultural and heritage assets. Folks are going to come from all over the world to experience Lanes at the Lighthouse.” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
“We are pleased that the Region of Queens has faith in us and shares our vision of the Lighthouse. It is a very special place to us as we grew up next to it and our Dad told us many stories of his childhood days and playing a the lighthouse. As mayor, he was instrumental in making sure that the lighthouse was restored and opened to the public as a museum. We are honoured to be part of that legacy,” said Susan Lane, Manager of Lane’s Privateer Inn. “We would like to continue with the Lighthouse Lunches and expand on this idea with more activities at the lighthouse making Fort Point a destination for families to want to visit again and again. We would like to incorporate live music, art and artisans at work, celebrate holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. We are also excited to modernize the video presentation so that it is more interactive and expands on the stories that Bert has been telling about growing up at Fort Point.”
In the spring of 2016, the Region of Queens Municipality opened the operation of the facility to proposals for its operation. Lanes Privateer Inn operated the facility as Lane’s at the Lighthouse for the 2016 season, offering picnic lighthouse lunches, ice cream, and tours of the lighthouse overlooking Liverpool bay, as well as dressing the facility up for Halloween, and being the site for a December wedding.
Fort Point Lighthouse is the third oldest standing lighthouse in Nova Scotia. It has stood at the mouth of the Mersey River since 1855, and was decommissioned in 1989. The Region of Queens Municipality opened it seasonally as an attraction, enabling the public to have the unique experience of being able to go inside a lighthouse, access the light, and turn the hand crank to sound the fog horn. There has been an average of approximately 6,000 visitors annually over the past five years.