Cape Sable Historical Society
A unique experience awaits visitors to the scenic community of Barrington on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, where the Seal Island Lighthouse Museum had stood sentinel by the headwaters of the Barrington River for 30 years. Operated by the Cape Sable Historical Society, visitors can tour the five story, 35 foot tall replica of the original 60 foot lighthouse whose beacon still guides mariners from Seal Island, which is located approximately 18 miles offshore.
Inside the museum are numerous artifacts from the local area chronicling the lives of local lighthouse keepers and the area’s rich seafaring history. The museum houses the second order Fresnel lens, which was in use from 1902 to 1978 in the Seal Island Lighthouse. A panoramic view of Barrington Bay is visible from the top of the lighthouse museum. The Seal Island Lighthouse Museum is the only lighthouse structure in Nova Scotia that is fully accessible to the public.
The Cape Sable Historical Society is also custodian to the Western Counties Military Museum, the Barrington Woolen Mill, and the Old Meeting House – all within a short walking distance.
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