LET IT SHINE!
Restoring our Beacon of Hope after Hurricane Dorian's Devastation
Elbow Cay has a ‘beyond rare’ relic of the historical past in the last active lightstation in The Bahamas with historical (8) outbuildings (circa 1863) and an original working lighttower.
Lighthouses worldwide have removed their original historic ‘manual’ parts in favor of the efficiency of electricity; removing vital technology that made them authentic.
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse remains the only active, manned lightstation in the world that has not been electrified; the lens is hand-wound by a keeper and fueled by kerosene.
U.S. Embassy Nassau
NEWS: August 2022 to July 2023
The ERLS have received financial assistance from our U.S. Friends!
RECOVERY, RESTORATION & PRESERVATION
The complete restoration of the lighthouse and its station will lead the way to revive Abaco’s tourism economy, restore property values, and encourage investment while reclaiming its place in the Bahamas’ cultural story.
GIFT SHOPPE RE-OPENED!
RENOVATED AND NOW OPEN! When Hurricane Dorian devastated our lightstation, every outbuilding was hit by tornadoes. Our gift shoppe was a huge loss. Not only was there damage to the building, but we lost approximately $45,000 in inventory. This is our only mechanism for self funding. If you visit the Lightstation, please know your generous purchases will help us to Keep the Light On!
IT'S GREAT TO
The ERLS is very thankful to Hope Town Volunteer Fire Rescue who paid the $11,368 to complete the safety fencing necessary to enable the lighthouse to reopen to the public. Pictured are Fire Chief, Mr. Troy Pritchard with ERLS, head of restoration, Mrs. Kent LeBoutillier.