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Cape George Lighthouse now under Community Ownership

The Cape George Lighthouse is officially in community hands.  A large crowd was at the lighthouse yesterday to officially celebrate the transition of ownership from

Cape George Lighthouse

the Federal Government  to the Antigonish North Shore Development Association.  Antigonish County Councillor Mary MacLellan who represents the area, says work to acquire the lighthouse has taken about 20 years.  MacLellan says it began after the federal government indicated these types of lighthouses wouldn’t be needed anymore.

The original lighthouse was erected in 1861 and was destroyed by a fire in 1907.  The current structure, an automated lighthouse was built in 1968.