Association chair Robert Hersey was on hand to help host the social and also for heritage tours for small groups of people, giving them a glimpse into the site’s rich history.
“Many people climbed to the top of the lighthouse today to see the view from above. That’s a pretty unique experience,” said Hersey.
A hub of heritage
The event ran from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon and was attended by Digby residents, other area locals and people from away.
Hersey, who regularly gives heritage tours at the site, described the many lightkeepers over the years and the Princess Louise Shipwreck of 1883.
He also had a new topic to introduce today: a plaque that had gained mythic proportions before being recently rediscovered.
“This plaque is in memory of Louis O. Coxe, a naval officer and author who wrote about seafaring,” said Hersey.
Coxe and his wife, Edith Windsor, honeymooned in Digby, falling in love with Point Prim and its ocean views. They returned several times over the years, and after Coxe died, the plaque was installed in his memory.
“We knew the plaque was here, but not exactly where it was. It’s one more interesting element of this site – he was pretty well renowned, and loved Digby enough to revisit countless times,” said Hersey.
One of first openings of lighthouse
Since the Municipality of the District of Digby only recently acquired the property, this was among the few times in recent years people have been able to climb to the top of Point Prim’s lighthouse.
“We did have it open a few years ago for the Lights Along the Shore initiative, but other than that this is really the first time it’s happened,” said Hersey.
It’s a spot that many have treasured even from the ground, but made even more special from above for people like Kevin Ellis, whose great-grandfather was lighthouse keeper at the site from 1875 to 1912 and inventor of the automatic foghorn it used.
“With that strong family connection, you can’t help but feel a strong tie to this place,” said Ellis.
“He stood up here, and now I am too, for the first time.”