- I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
25 August 2011
18 August 2011
The Original Medway Head, Long Cove Lighthouse was built in 1851 at the same location as the one shown on top. This lighthouse is located at Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada. The lighthouse in the top picture is the third to be built at this location. The second lighthouse, shown in bottom picture, was a two story dwelling with light. Eventually it was closed down as a lighthouse and moved across the road and used for the keepers dwelling only. The lighthouse shown at top replaced the two story dwelling and light. At the time of my visit in 2001, this was an active lighthouse.
11 August 2011
Due to frost, severe weather, and tides, most of the original land purchased for the lighthouse is gone, thus the lighthouse has been moved back several times from its original location. The last time being in 1996.
In the spring of 1996, the county of Colchester agreed to buy the lighthouse on Five Island for their community. At the time of my visit in 2001, the lighthouse was on the grounds of the Sand Point Beach Campground. It was open to the public from July thru August.
The lighthouse in this picture was built in 1914 and made of concrete. Although smaller, it was built only a short distance from where the previous lighthouse was located. At the time of my visit in 2001, this lighthouse was inactive and threatened by the encroaching sea. The 87-year old tower (in 2001) was being preserved by the Coffin Island Heritage Society.