March 24, 2021; Liverpool, NS: Fort Point Lighthouse, the third oldest standing lighthouse in Nova Scotia, will reopen this season under new management. At the March 23, 2021 Region of Queens Municipality’s Council meeting, a motion approved the proposal submitted by Queens County Museum for the seasonal operation of Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for a three year period, beginning in spring 2021. It has been a visitor attraction site for approximately 30 years. A popular local attraction steeped in history, 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.
“It will be exciting to see the new direction that Queens County Museum takes Fort Point Lighthouse. Fort Point will be an excellent location for Queens County Museum to showcase the cultural and seafaring history of our Region,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
“On behalf of our Board and Staff, we can't tell you how thrilled we are, the museum now having the privilege of running this iconic landmark, Fort Point Lighthouse. She will reopen this summer as an Interpretive Centre featuring the history of the lighthouse and the colonial history of the site plus a few other surprises. Stay tuned.....and again many thanks,” said Linda Rafuse, Director of Queens County Museum and Perkins House.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation of Fort Point Lighthouse was issued on January 27, 2021 for the seasonal operation of Fort Point Lighthouse as a visitor attraction site for a three year term to starting in spring of 2021.
Fort Point Lighthouse was operated by Lanes Privateer Inn for four seasons (June through mid-October, 2017 through 2020), drawing approximately 5,850 visitors per season, excluding the 2020 visitor season which was impacted by travel restrictions resulting from the pandemic.