The picturesque Hampton Lighthouse was originally lit by kerosene. The lightkeeper lived in the village and travelled to the light each night to light the lamp inside the little sixth-order lens. Today, the lighthouse is open to the public as a classic example of the harbour lights that have guided generations of lobster fishermen into tiny harbours all around Nova Scotia. In 2001, the lighthouse became the second in the Maritime provinces to be passed over to a non-profit community group through the federal government's lighthouse transfer initiative. Climb the tower for a bird's-eye view of fish sheds at the edge of the protected harbour, and a long gravel beach near the wharf. Inside, there is an exhibition of historical photos of the harbour and the people of Hampton.
Disabled persons can get to within about 2 meters (6 feet) of the lighthouse. Hampton Lighthouse and Historical Society
Recipient, Craig Harding Award for Lighthouse Preservation, 2009