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Colchester Reef Light
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Date Established: 1871
Height of Focal Plane: 35 ft.
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Open to Public?: Yes, on the grounds of the Shelburn Museum (admission charged)
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DescriptionThe lighthouse at Colchester Reef on Lake Champlain was established in 1871. The light was designed by Albert Dow, who was also responsible for the design of a number of other lights in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island.
The light consisted of a square tower with a lantern and gallery atop a two story keeper's residence. The fog bell was mounted beside the tower when the lighthouse was in service. The light was deactivated in 1933 and a battery operated light was placed on a skeletal steel tower next to the lighthouse. The lighthouse sat empty and deteriorating until it was relocated in 1952 to the Shelburn Museum off of US 7 in Shelburn, VT. The lighthouse has been restored and, as of when this submission was posted in April 2009, the lighthouse was getting a new foundation built beneath it -- the lighthouse is up on I-beams and blocks in the photos accompanying htis post. A ligth was exhibited from the lantern room of Colchester Reef in 2006 for the first time since it was deactivated in 1933.
The foundation replacement should be completed and the lighthouse reopened for visitors by mid-summer 2009.