Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, Cape Vincent

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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) Plan to visit Tibbetts Point Lighthouse and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Cape Vincent attractions using our Cape Vincent driving holiday planning website.
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  • We visited last years during business hours and were very pleased with the grounds and the nice folks at the shop. Since we were back in the area this year we decided to stop and check out the sunset....  more
    We visited last years during business hours and were very pleased with the grounds and the nice folks at the shop. Since we were back in the area this year we decided to stop and check out the sunset....  more »
  • We drove to the lighthouse when we were visiting the area in mid-May. The drive to get there was scenic. We were able to take some nice sunset photos, but the bugs were terrible! A restful spot... 
    We drove to the lighthouse when we were visiting the area in mid-May. The drive to get there was scenic. We were able to take some nice sunset photos, but the bugs were terrible! A restful spot...  more »
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  • Gorgeous views of Ontario lake. The lighthouse itself is small, but it's a beautiful drive from Cape Vincent town to the lighthouse and the views are breathtaking. A beautiful point for sunset too.
  • Took a nice drive to see Cape Vincent and the Tibbetts lighthouse. Even during off season it is beautiful. The water is a beautiful cerulean blue and viridian green. The sounds of the ice is magical. Their is no restroom/visitor center open during off season. Ty you can always head to town and enjoy a bite to eat.

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