Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, Cape Vincent

#97 of 414 in Historic Sites in New York State
Must see · Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
The Tibbetts Point Lighthouse is located in Cape Vincent (town), New York. The land upon which the lighthouse stands is a part of a 600acre grant of land to Captain John Tibbetts of Troy, New York. The lighthouse is a circular tower that stands above the waterThe current lighthouse was constructed in 1854.The Tibbetts Point Lighthouse is on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.Its Fresnel lens is still used. Only 70 such lenses are still operational in the United States, 16 being on the Great Lakes of which two are in New York.Tibbetts Point Light is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reference number 84002412, as Tibbets Point Light (US Coast Guard / Great Lakes TR).CulturalThe Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Tibbetts Point Light with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.Further reading Oleszewski, Wes. Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998). U.S. Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957). Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia. Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006)
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  • This has the best location to watch the sunset. If you have the opportunity, tour the lighthouse also.  more »
  • This is a very well maintained lighthouse. It was snowing when we went to see it, but that made it even more beautiful. We just enjoyed looking at the grounds and looking out at the lake. A must...  more »
  • Very nice place to visit. They have a bench to sit down and enjoy the view. Bathrooms are usually not available, but when the gift store is open you can have access to the bathroom is my recall. They do not have vending machines outside.
  • The light house is gorgeous. Can see the Canada just opposite the light house, the edge of the ocean. There is a telescope, which have to pay $0.25 to see the windmills in Canada. It was quiet and comfortable. Not much people there at all. A wonderful place to take beautiful photos. Highly recommended. A must-go travel spot.😍😍😍

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