Barber Point Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1873
Is the Light operational? No
Year Light First Lit: 1873
Year Deactivated: 1935
Tower Height: 36 ft.
Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: Removed
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1873
Number of Stories: 2
Architectural Style: 2nd Empire
Construction Materials: Stone
Barber Point Lighthouse
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Last Visited: November, 2002
The second lighthouse built as a dwelling with an integrated tower was authorized for Lake Champlain on a bluff about 2 1/2 miles southeast of Westport, NY. Known architecturally as Second Empire, its principal feature is a steeply sloping mansard roof with dormer windows, arched pediments and foot-scrolled surrounds. This beacon guided vessels through the lake where it narrows to less than two miles wide, about half-way between Split Rock and Crown Point. The first floor of the frame structure was faced with blue limestone blocks and had a brown shingled roof but was otherwise similar in design to the prize-winning structure at Colchester Reef.
The 36-foot tower was fitted with a fifth order fresnel lens displaying a fixed white light 83 feet above the lake, visible for 14 and 3/4 miles. The light remained operational until it was replaced in 1935 by an automated light on a steel skeletal tower. The old lighthouse was sold the following year and has remained a well-kept private residence ever since.
Lake Champlain Lighthouses
Nearest Address: 122 Barber Ln, Westport, NY
- From Interstate 87 take exit 31. At the end of the ramp turn onto route 9N heading southeast.
- Stay on 9N for 5.3 miles, then turn left onto CR 22G (Camp Dudley Road).
- Take Camp Dudley Rd. 1.04 miles and turn left onto Barber Rd (dirt road).
- Take a left onto Barber Rd. for about 0.5 miles where you'll see the lighthouse. It is a private residence so please respect their privacy.
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