Elizabethtown-Kitley – After two years of planning and fundraising, the rebuild of the Five Mile Lighthouse is complete: the bills are paid and Elizabethtown-Kitley Township is left with $11,300.00 for future maintenance and/or investments on the site.
At a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Committee Chair Bob Runciman disclosed the project financials and proudly announced that a total of $218,363.00 was raised.
“We could not have accomplished this without the generosity of businesses and individuals from Brockville and surrounding communities, and we thank each and every one for their contribution.” said Runciman. “The finished replica of the 162 year-old Five Mile Lighthouse now stands tall on Cole Shoal, a welcoming sight for lovers of the St. Lawrence River and significant part of history restored for future generations.”
Runciman also indicated that the committee will continue to maintain its social media fundraising site in hopes of adding to the maintenance fund and will also be exploring other possible revenue generating opportunities, such as the sale of Five Mile
Light postcards and other tourism linked paraphernalia.
The committee also intends to contact Ontario Heritage, the former owner of the lighthouse, requesting it fulfil an earlier commitment and install an appropriately sized heritage plaque on Cole Shoal, home of the Five Mile Light.
On the evening of July 23, 2018, the historic 162 year-old Five Mile Lighthouse located 5 miles west of Brockville near Cole Bay, burned to rubble after being struck by lightning.
Donations of $20.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.
To donate, please visit the website at: https://fivemilelight.ca