Port Greville Lighthouse

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45° 24' 52.5'' N    -64° 33' 09'' W
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The idea to bring the Port Greville Light home bloomed in the spring of 1997 and led to research through the summer, greatly aided by Dan Conlin, President of the NSLPS. His information confirmed that the lighthouse at the College was, indeed, the Port Greville Light. Plans for a formal request to return it to the Age of Sail Heritage Centre got underway.

A letter to Jim Wheelhouse, Director of the Coast Guard College, the first week of September pointed out not just to the practical considerations involved but to the deep cultural value of the lighthouse to the residents and summer visitors of the Port Greville area. The enthusiastic development of the Age of Sail Heritage Centre over the past five years, stands as testament to the ability of supporters to carry through on their well formulated plans.Verbal agreement in October to the lighthouse coming home was followed by a Christmas letter confirming that the Coast Guard College was willing to gift the lighthouse to the museum. Now the real work began!

January was spent identifying potential political and funding partners. Strong support for the initiative was secured from Bill Casey, M P, and Guy Brown, MLA. In addition, the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association lend its expertise to the submission of proposals.

The lighthouse was assessed for the most careful and effective removal from its base at the Coast Guard College. Jim Wheelhouse and John Falardeau at the College were very helpful in furthering the planning process. Safeguards necessary to ensure its safe travel by flatbed over Kelly�s Mountain, Mt. Thom and Economy Mountain were established. No small feat! All the necessary materials and preparation were arranged for its installment at the Age of Sail Heritage Centre grounds. Its new home is perhaps not as traditional as its original one, 60 feet mid-bank on the shores of Greville Bay, but to the residents of Port Greville, it was wonderful to celebrate its homecoming and to see it enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

In June, 1998, the lighthouse was sawn in half again, loaded on a flatbed and trucked nearly the whole length of Nova Scotia, arriving to great fan fare in its home town. By July, it had been re-assembled, painted and was open to the public at the Age of Sail museum.