Windmill Point Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1830
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1858
Tower Height: 40 ft.
Original Optic: 6th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 300mm
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1858
Number of Stories: 1.5
Architectural Style: Attached
Construction Materials: Granite
Windmill Point Lighthouse
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Last Visited: November, 2002
In 1858, the Lighthouse Board constructed three new stations on Lake Champlain using a standardized design. Except for height, the towers are nearly identical. Each of these "Three Sisters" had an octagonal tower of rough-hewn blue limestone block, an iron lantern with trapezoid panes, and a passageway connecting it to a Cape Cod style keeper's quarters. This station with its sturdy house built of rubble stone replaced on of the many old private lights with a new sixth order Fresnel optic. Its fixed white light in the 40 foot tower created a focal plane 52 feet above the lake's surface that made it visible for 13 miles.
A course line between the lights at Windmill Point and Isle La Motte marks a channel clear of reefs and rocks through these narrows. This most northern light was kept in good order until replaced in 1931 by an acetylene light on a steel skeleton tower that is now solar powered.
In 2001, the Coast Guard wanted to re-light some of the Lake Champlain lighthouses. Windmill Point was one of the ones on their list. In 2002 the lighthouse was once again re-lit.
Nearest Address: 1370 Windmill Point, Alburgh, VT
- From the NY/VT border on US 2 (at the bridge going over Lake Champlain) head east into Vermont.
- In 1.9 miles take a sharp right onto Windmill Point Rd. (it's a dirt road)
- Follow Windmill Point for 1.5 miles to the lighthouse (Windmill Pt. becomes SR 20 after 1.1 miles)
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