A lighthouse has marked Low Point, in northeastern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, since 1826. The current concrete tower, built in 1936, still holds the iron lantern from the original tower. Many people pass the lighthouse on ferries from Newfoundland, on their way to Sydney, NS.
Thanks to the Low Point Lighthouse Society, the tower has received a needed overhaul. Low Point Lighthouse was a $75,000 grand prize winner in the 2015 “This Lighthouse Matters” crowd funding competition organized by the National Trust for Canada and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society.
“We wanted to get it beautiful to attract some attention to it, to get some people down there,” Lawrence MacSween, co-chair of the Low Point Lighthouse Society along with Rob Murphy, told the Cape Breton Post.
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.