Barber's Point Light (New York)

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Barber's Point Light
Barber's Point Light (New York) is located in New York
Barber's Point Light (New York)
Location Barber's Point, southeast of Westport, New York on Lake Champlain
Coordinates 44°09′15″N 73°24′16″W / 44.1543°N 73.4045°W / 44.1543; -73.4045Coordinates: 44°09′15″N 73°24′16″W / 44.1543°N 73.4045°W / 44.1543; -73.4045
Year first constructed 1873
Year first lit 1873
Deactivated 1935
Foundation limestone
Construction limestone masonry
Tower shape square house with integral tower
Markings / pattern White tower w/Black trim on dwelling
Height 36 feet (11 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel lens
Range 12 nautical miles; 23 kilometres (14 mi)
Characteristic fixed white
ARLHS number USA-036 [1]

Barber's Point Light is an inactive lighthouse on Lake Champlain in New York.


Barber's Point was the site of a ferry operated by Hezekiah Barber, who settled the point beginning in 1785. The Lighthouse Board requested construction of a light in 1868, but construction did not begin until 1872 due to problems acquiring title to the land. The Second Empire design used for the Colchester Reef Light (as well as others in the area) was reused, but executed in blue limestone rather than the more usual granite. Because of the light's isolation the keeper was provided with a barn in which to keep a horse.

In 1935 the light was deactivated, replaced by a much taller steel tower with an automated beacon, placed at lake's edge. The old lighthouse passed into private hands and is used for a residence. A small addition in the mid-1950s left the appearance of the building largely intact, though the roof is now painted white rather than brown.

The lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Camp Dudley Road Historic District.



Further reading[edit]

  • 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) ISBN 1-55046-399-3