Any seagoing community was historically interested in having its approaches adequately marked, especially at night or in low visibility. In 1842, Robert M. Cutler and seventy-two other ship owners, merchants, or residents of Guysborough petitioned the provincial government for sixty pounds for a beacon light and buoys for the harbour. The petitioners explained that the entrance to the harbour was “rather intricate [and] difficult of access and owing to the want of buoys and a proper landmark or guide, vessels approaching it at night in particular are much endangered.”
The request was promptly fulfilled, and by the end of the following year, a wooden lighthouse, “painted white, with a fixed white light, 30 feet above high water, and visible for eight miles,” had been built. Prior to the establishment of this official light, Mrs. Godfrey Peart had kept a light burning in her dormer window at night for a number of years to guide mariners to safe anchorage.
The 1843 lighthouse burned down on September 11, 1904, but was quickly replaced. The second lighthouse was a square, wooden dwelling with a lantern room centered atop its hipped roof. Besides its light, which could be seen for eleven miles, the station was also equipped with a foghorn to answer signals from the sea in thick weather.
The 1905 Guysborough Lighthouse was demolished in 1981 and replaced by a light shown from the top of a round, fiberglass tower, painted white and marked by two red, horizontal bands. The modern tower has been inactive since the late 1990s.
Head Keepers: Moses Scott, George Scott, James Jarvis.