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1911/01/01 to 1911/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Hampton Lighthouse is a small wooden structure, located on Hampton Wharf Road on a hill overlooking the fishing harbour of Chute Cove, Nova Scotia. Both the lighthouse and the surrounding property are included in its provincial heritage designation.
The Hampton Lighthouse is valued for its age, construction, as an example of technological changes in the industry, and for its association with the community of Hampton.
The Hampton Lighthouse was built in 1911 by Joseph Marshall. It has a square floor plan, a square tapered tower, hipped roof and a centrally mounted lantern. The lantern was initially a kerosene lamp that had to be lit each night at sunset and extinguished at daybreak. The original 6th order dioptric lens remains in place. The lightkeeper lived in the village.
During the 1940’s electricity was added to the lighthouse, which soon ended the need for a full time lightkeeper. By 1960’s operation of the lighthouse was mostly automated and employees of the Department of Transportation made monthly maintenance visits to the lighthouse. In 1973 it was fully automated.
The Hampton Lighthouse is also valued as a local landmark, primarily for its service as the lighthouse. In 2001 ownership of the lighthouse passed from the Federal Government to the Hampton Lighthouse and Historical Society. It was the second lighthouse in Canada to be transfered from the Government of Canada for $1.00 under the 96-1 Directive and the first to be passed over to a non-profit community association.
Source: Provincial Heritage Property Program, file no. 267
Character defining elements of the Hampton Lighthouse relate to its original function as a navigation aid and include:
- location on Chute Bay;
- original form and massing;
- square floor plan;
- original centrally mounted lantern;
- wood shingle siding painted white with red trim;
- open balcony to service light standard;
- hip roof.
Province of Nova Scotia
Heritage Property Act
Provincially Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Communications and Transportation
Function - Category and Type
- Navigational Aid or Lighthouse
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Provincial Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, Heritage Promotion and Development, Division Heritage, Heritage Property Program 1747 Summer Street Halifax Halifax, NS B3H 3A6
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