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Ironbound Island, or West Ironbound Island as it is known to distinguish it from
East Ironbound Island located near Chester, Nova Scotia, is about five miles from
The Island is home to a lighthouse, built in 1855 whose keeper for three generations was the Wolfe family. In 1879, the light-keeper was Enos Wolfe, and his family took care of the light until his grandson Fred Wolfe moved away on November 23, 1931. The lighthouse used by the Wolfe family was torn down in 1936 and a newer light was built. Today it is an automatic light that requires no keeper. Because of this, no one lives permanently on Ironbound Island at this time.
The old West Ironbound Lighthouse
Picture of a painting of the West Ironbound Lighthouse circa 1970.
In the 1850's before the lighthouse was built, the Schooner Jack Hilton from Liverpool was shipwrecked on the west side of Ironbound Island.
The lighthouse on Ironbound Island was not always enough to prevent a ship from wrecking or running aground in the area. On April 18, 1893, a heavy gale claimed three ships in the area. See the Shipwrecks page for more information about these events.
The House in the background is the old house the Wolfe Family lived in while they served as light keepers of the Ironbound Island Lighthouse. The Photo was taken in 1970.
This is the same house, only fixed up a bit. This photo was taken in 1974. The house caught fire in 1990 and again in 1997.
During the time of Enos Wolfe, there was a potato farm on the island operated by the family. Since then the island was used for a sheep farm as well.
Oxen from Ironbound Island are unloaded from dories at Riverport. Lloyd Crease of Riverport is standing in the boat. Riverport is a small fishing community on the Eastern side of the LaHave River.
Information on this page compiled from History of the County of Lunenburg Third Edition written by M.B. DesBrisay as well a talk given by Louise M. (Kaulbach) Hunter to the Lunenburg County Historical Society in March, 1971.