Lighthouse Hostel in Cape Vincent, New York
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 www.capevincent.org 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 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.
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