The Clinton County Historical Association will host “Sunday on Valcour Island” on Sunday, July 14th, 2019.
The day include tours of the historic Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island. The trip requires the physical ability to disembark and board from the island’s natural landing, walking on uneven surfaces over rough terrain and climbing stairs.
Round trip transportation will be provided for a fee of $25 each. The fee includes a trail guide and George Clifford’s Lake Champlain lighthouses: An illustrated guide to the historic beacons (2002). Lighthouse T-Shirts will also be on sale. The boat, which holds five people per trip, will begin shuttling at 9 am with trips to the lighthouse made every 20 minutes. The Lighthouse will close at 3 pm and all visitors to the island must return by 4 pm. In the event of wind or thunderstorms the tour will be cancelled and a rain date registration for August 11th will be offered. Refunds due to the cancellation will be made if requested.
Pre-registration, payment and scheduling departure times must be completed by July 10 to guarantee a spot on the boat. Once on the island a docent will be available for tours of the lighthouse. Tours of the island are self guided. The trip requires the physical ability to disembark and board from the island’s natural landing, walking on uneven surfaces over rough terrain and climbing stairs. The island is also noted for its Poison Ivy. An adult must accompany anyone under that age of 12 and those under the age of 16 must bring and wear their own life jackets. Individuals may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while on the island.
Visitors to the Lighthouse can view displays depicting the history of Lake Champlain lighthouses, Lake Champlain’s military history, the 20th century camps on Valcour Island and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Visitors may climb to the Lantern Room to see the functioning light and the outstanding view it offers.
For more information and to register your spot, call the Clinton County Historical Association at (518) 561-0340. More information about the lighthouse can be found on the Museum’s website.
A version of this article was first published on the Adirondack Almanack.