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)
LocationBarber's Point, southeast of Westport, New York on Lake Champlain
Coordinates44°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 constructed1873
Year first lit1873
Constructionlimestone masonry
Tower shapesquare house with integral tower
Markings / patternWhite tower w/Black trim on dwelling
Tower height36 feet (11 m)
Original lensFifth order Fresnel lens
Range12 nautical miles; 23 kilometres (14 mi)
Characteristicfixed white
ARLHS numberUSA-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.



  • "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  • "Barber's Point, NY". lighthousefriends. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  • Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Upstate New York". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  • "Inventory of Historic Light Stations: New York Lighthouses: Barber's Point Light". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-10-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • Oleszewski, Wes. Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-932212-98-0.
  • Scott T. Price. "U. S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation: A Historical Bibliography". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  • 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