New life has been restored at the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island. A project ten years in the making.
The project was funded through the state of New York, at a cost just over $280,000.
Chairman Roger Harwood of the Lighthouse Committee said it has been a long time coming.
Harwood lives across Valcour Bay from the lighthouse.
“I got involved almost twenty years ago, I saw it here, abandon, broken windows. The state had purchased it, and I decided that something hand to be done,” Harwood said.
The first step of the restoration came in 2005 when the beacon was returned to it’s proper home. Functioning at the top of the lighthouse, 95 feet above the lake.
Even in the year 2016, the beacon still provides light to pleasure boaters. Guiding them safely into the channels and away from the rocky coastline.
Besides the beacon, upgrading the rood was top on the priority list.
“The roof had leaked for many years, it was the original roof. Before we replaced it, there was a lot of water damage,” Harwood said.
Now, it’s more than lighthouse, it’s also a museum for Valcour and the surrounding islands.
The lighthouse is open and it’s free to the public every Sunday during July and August. The only catch you need to boat on over to Valcour Island.