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Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Hostel - Cape Vincent, New York

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Hostel in Cape Vincent, New York   

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Hostel is housed in the 2 keepers quarters next to the operating lighthouse. The orignal keepers quarters were built in 1827, and the Coast Guard Commanders house was built in 1909. We are located where Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River meet. We are a seasonal Hostel open from May 15th to October 15th each year. During the off season reservations can we made using our e-mail address. For information on our area please visit or

We are a family friendy hostel. Our rooms have from 2 to 6 beds per room. Our staff are volunteers and the Hostel is closed from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Our guests find that there are many activities in the area during the day while our staff are at there jobs.

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse


Tibbetts Point Lighthouse History
"The only original Fresnel lens operating on Lake Ontario" Capt. John Tibbetts of Troy, NY gave 3 acres of his 600 acres to the Federal Government to establish a Lighthouse. In 1827 the first Tower and Keeper's Quarters were built.

In 1854 the first tower was replaced by the present circular one. This also marked the installation of the Fresnel Lens -- which is still in operation.

A fog whistle was added in 1896. It was replaced with an air-diaphone in 1927 operated by a diesel engine with automatically timed blasts.

In 1939 the U.S. Coast Guard assumed lighthouse duties until 1981 when the light was automated and serviced out of Oswego, NY.

Lighthouse quarters became a Youth Hostel in 1984.

1988 Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Society is formed.

1991 was a big year for Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. Not only did the Town of Cape Vincent acquire it from the Dept. of the Interior, but the Lighthouse Quarters became Hostelling International (AYH).

In 1993 the Visitors' Center was built by the Town of Cape Vincent.

1998 marked the opening of the renovated Fog Signal building to the public.

Since 1999, the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Society has funded numerous major renovations inside and outside.


Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Keepers HouseTibbetts Point Lighthouse from Lake Ontario

Hours of Operation
Tibbetts Point Lighthouse is open May 26th thru October 9th.
May 25-June 22 -- Friday thru Monday 10:AM-7:00 PM
June 23-September 3 -- 7 Days a week 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
September 4-October 8 -- Friday thru Monday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

For More Information and Reservations
Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
33439 County Route 6
Cape Vincent, NY 13618-3174
Phone:(315) 654-3450


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