Visit a lit­tle piece of his­tory in Liver­pool

Tri-County Vanguard - - BUCKET LIST - BY AETHNE HINCHLIFFE THEADVANCE.CA

At the fur­thest point of Main Street, by the Mersey River in Liver­pool, is the third old­est light­house in Canada.

Vis­i­tors to the Fort Point Light­house site will find a gift shop fea­tur­ing lo­cal art and lit­er­a­ture, a park with pic­nic ta­bles and a view of the Mersey River and Liver­pool Bay. Hun­gry or thirsty sight­seers will find coffee, cold drinks, ice cream, baked goods and even pic­nic lunches. Any­one in­ter­ested in hav­ing a pic­nic lunch, should or­der it about 30 min­utes ahead of time.

“We still have the old favourites that they al­ways had here,” said Su­san Lane, who man­ages the site.

One of those old favourites, she says, is the video pre­sen­ta­tion by Burt MacLeod. MacLeod was the last light­house keeper’s son, who grew up in the light­house.

“There’s a won­der­ful video of his ac­count of what it was like to live in the light­house,” she said.

Vis­i­tors can also climb to the top of the light­house to toot the foghorn.

Lane has some ideas for what she would like to see hap­pen at the site as she and her staff con­tin­ues to man­age and run the light­house.

“I think that a build­ing is only lim­ited to your imag­i­na­tion,” said Lane.

She would like to have an event with lo­cal winer­ies, brew­eries and dis­til­leries. She would also like to have live mu­sic in the park in Au­gust. At Hal­loween, there is a haunted light­house.

Fort Point Light­house was built in 1855, and Kate Dex­ter, an in­ter­preter and host at the site, says there were fam­i­lies liv­ing in it un­til 1950. That’s the year the MacLeods moved out. They had lived in the light­house for 14 years.

“The light was au­to­mated in 1964, and then it was de­com­mis­sioned in 1989,” said Dex­ter.

Lane says the light­house has al­ways been im­por­tant to her be­cause she grew up next to it and it was al­ways boarded up.

“We al­ways wanted to know what was in­side,” she said.

Sum­mer isn’t the only time to visit. The site opened June 1 and is not set to close un­til Oct. 31. The site is slated to open again at Christ­mas, at which point there will be an event dur­ing Christ­mas on the Mersey.

AETHNE HINCHLIFFE

Malachi Samp­son, Trin­ity States, Erica MacNeil and Jack Smith, from Wind­sor, N.S., climb to the top of the light­house to see the view and try the foghorn.

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