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The Lighthouses of Prince Edward County

Marc Seguin

Picton Town Hall was the venue for the Historical Society’s most recent speaker event, which was attended by more than 60 people. Marc Seguin shared the results of his extensive research into the history of the County’s lighthouses and appealed for help in ensuring the survival of the six which still remain.

Marc explained that the lighthouses were constructed between 1828 and 1967, in a variety of materials and styles, from masonry towers, through timber structure to concrete tubes. The earliest were built as warning lights, protecting shipping from the treacherous shoals around the County in the days when nearly all transportation of goods would have been carried on the water. In 1829, for example, 30,000 tons of shipping went through the port of Kingston alone. The later lights were directional: guiding shipping through the Telegraph Narrows in the Bay of Quinte and the sandbanks of Wellers Bay, for example.

Many of the lighthouses have now been demolished, but Prince Edward County still has more surviving lighthouses than any other municipality in Ontario. However, the future of these historic structures is uncertain. You can find out more about the lost lighthouses and those that remain on the Save our Lighthouses site. There is also information there on how you can help in the campaign to protect the six surviving lighthouses.

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Upcoming events

There are two events coming up in the next few weeks which may be of interest to our members:

Prince Edward’s Lighthouses, a talk by Marc Seguin

Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Picton Town Hall (Corner
of Ross and King Street)

A presentation for the Historical Society about the history and architecture of the endangered lighthouses of Prince Edward County.

All welcome: admission is free but donations are always welcome to help cover expenses. Refreshments will be served.

Digitization Day

Saturday, December 10th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Archives (rear of Wellington Library)

Prince Edward County Archives provides a home for materials which tell the story of the County. As part of a digitization project, the Archives invites you to bring items such as postcards, letters, scrapbooks, diaries, newspaper articles, legal documents or photos to be scanned and digitally added to the collections.

“Many people have papers that are significant in telling and preserving the stories of Prince Edward County,” says Archives Manager Krista Richardson. “The idea of the Digitization Day is to encourage people to bring their documents, photos, letters and so forth to us to have them scanned so that they can be preserved digitally.”

Those who bring in materials will have the originals returned and will also receive a copy of the electronic scanned version.

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