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Isle la Motte Light
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Date Established: 1829
Date Present Tower Built: 1881
Date Automated: 1933
Height of Tower: 25 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 46 ft.
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Open to Public?: No, privately owned
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DescriptionIsle La Motte is named for the French Captain who settled the first European outpost along Lake Champlain in 1666. The lighthouse was authorized by Congress in 1877 and consists of a 25 foot tower constructed of curved, cast iron segments.
In 1933, the lighthouse was darkened and the offical light was located atop a steel skeletal tower closer to the lake shore. That same year, the lighthouse was sold to a private owner who resold it to the Clark family in 1949. The Clark family still owns Isle La Motte and the Windmill Point lighthouse in Vermont.
In 2001, the USCG examined the cost of replacing the skeletal tower at Isle La Motte and the decision was made, with the help of the Clark family to relocate the light to the lantern room -- it was relighted in 2002.
The lighthouse and grounds are privately owned and not open to visitors