The federal government has announced a lighthouse sale:
Some of Nova Scotia's lighthouses are in better condition than others. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society has a useful survey of lighthouses in the province. Some are already cared for by their communities, like Sandy Point here in Shelburne Harbour, and Cape Forchu in Yarmouth. Iconic structures like Sambro and Peggy's Cove and others that are small, or an integral part of their neighbourhood --will probably be rescued, one way or another.
Then there's Cape Roseway. It's the second-oldest site in Nova Scotia, after Sambro. But the actual light, built in 1959 to replace the original late eighteenth century structure, is not historically compelling. The site has been allowed to deteriorate since the light was decommissioned and automated in 1985. Its buildings and grounds are actually dangerous. It's inaccessible for all but the hardiest visitors. So it seems almost inevitable that Cape Roseway light will just continue to sit out there on the edge of the North Atlantic, forgotten, as it has been for the past quarter century, and quietly, slowly disappear.
For images and history of Cape Roseway light, go to the lighthouse label in the blog's right column.