The First of the Lighthouses

The first of three lighthouses at Burntcoat Head was built in 1858 and lit in 1859. It was a square wooden tower, 50 feet high attached to the end of the light keeper's wooden dwelling. Flat wick-type kerosene lamps showed a white, fixed light 75 feet above high water, visible for 13 miles. The five oil lamps, with reflectors, had to be cleaned daily.

A narrow neck of land connected Burntcoat Head to the mainland. Over time, the tides of Fundy eroded this connection until the lighthouse could only be reached by climbing up the bank by ladder. Consequently, in 1913, the first lighthouse was torn down and some of the timbers used in the construction of a new lighthouse on the mainland.

Keepers of the First Lighthouse

1859 - 1873           Nathan Smith

1874 - 1883           William Faulkner

1884  (2 mo)          Fred H. Faulkner

1884 - 1898           John Prescott Mosher

1898 - 1913           William Y. Failkner

Lighthouse became separated from mainland.

Keepers of the Second Lighthouse

1913 - 1916         William Y. Faulkner

1916 (2 mo)         William Burton Faulkner

1917 - 1918         David Webber

1919 (2 mo)         W.H. Faulkner

1919 - 1949         William Burton Faulkner

1949 - 1960         Erwin Faulkner

The Third Lighthouse

Many citizens of Burntcoat Head wished to see the lighthouse standing once more. In 1992, East Hants Tourism Association submitted a proposal to develop the Fundy Shore to the Central Nova Tourism Association. In 1993 the ownership of the property was turned over from the Queen to the Municipality of East Hants and a grant of $37,000 was received from the Cooperation Agreement for Tourism Development. The community raised another $5,000.

In July 1994, plans for the original second lighthouse were obtained from the Coast Guard, and by November the replica for the second lighthouse was almost complete. The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps built footbridges and developed nature trails.  Trees were planted, picnic tables purchased and some beautiful gardens were created.  The grand opening took place on Canada Day, 1995.

Over the years the Municipality of East Hants and the seasonal staff who work in the Park have made further improvements. Most recently pine boards were installed on the floor and ceiling which gives the interior a beautiful, warm atmosphere.   Additional furnishings have made displaying locally-made crafts and other products more attractive and easier to access.  It is a work in progress!