05/09/2015 12:35 EDT | Updated 05/09/2016 05:59 EDT

Historic Nova Scotia lighthouse gets federal funding for restoration work

HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia lighthouse in operation for more than 250 years is getting an upgrade.

The Sambro Island lighthouse near the entrance of Halifax harbour will get more than $1.5 million in federal funding over the next two years for renovations.

Officials announced Saturday that the work will include restoring the lighthouse's original lantern, painting the building and installing heating and ventilation.

Stephanie Smith of the Sambro Island Lighthouse Heritage Society said in a statement that the project is a first step towards preserving the building well into the future.

The lighthouse was built in 1758 and is considered the oldest one in operation in the Americas.