Friday, May 23, 2014

The Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island

bluff point collageThe Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island in Lake Champlain will be open most Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm through the summer. Dedicated volunteers look after and interpret the lighthouse and island for visitors under the sponsorship of the Clinton County Historical Association.

The lighthouse, once the home of the lighthouse keepers, now is filled with themed rooms containing interpretive materials. The gallery around the light at the top of the building, is at the same level as the osprey nest at the top of the tower next to the building.

In recent years, the island has become a popular day trip for kayakers and canoeists as there is no public transportation to the island. There will be docents there this Sunday, barring heavy rain or lightning.

From the vantage of this gallery, photographers will find panoramic views of the lake and the Adirondacks. In addition to the lighthouse, the unique flora, fauna and geological features of the island attract hundreds of visitors every year. The island is also a State campground.

A short walk south of light will bring you to the spot where the Philadelphia ran aground during the Battle of Valcour in which Benedict Arnold engaged the British on October 11, 1776. See for yourself the layout of the land and form your own opinion about Arnold’s strategy.

For more information follow the new “Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island” on Facebook and visit Clinton County Historical Association’s website at

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One Response

  1. Marisa Muratori says:

    I was just there yesterday and the lighthouse was a pleasure to visit. No shortage of history on this island; from pre-historic natural history all the way through important colonial war events…war of 1812…and even the sight of a mid-19th century community of ‘free love’ …