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Name: Colchester Reef Light (VT)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Shelburne, Vermont, United States

Location: Shelburne Museum (formerly Lake Champlain, west of Burlington).

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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont

Managing Organization:
Shelburne Museum

Telephone: 802-985-3346


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 10
5555 Shelburne Road
Vermont, 05482, United States

Between 1933, when it was deactivated, until 1952, the Colchester Reef Lighthouse fell into disrepair. In July 1952, Electra Havemeyer Webb, the founder of the Shelburne Museum, purchased the lighthouse. A crew of five men dismantled the lighthouse and took it to Shelburne by barge, reassembling it in less than a month. In 2006, with the help of the US Coast Guard, a solar light was installed in the lantern. In 2009, the lighthouse was lifted 4 feet and the foundation was replaced.

Description of Tower: Octagonal wooden tower on roof of keeper's house.

This light is operational

Date Present Tower Built: 1871

Tower Moved?

Date Deactivated: 1933

Optics: 1871: Sixth order Fresnel lens.

Fog Signal: Bell.

Current Use: Part of museum.

Open To Public? Yes

The Shelburne Museum consists of 37 buildings, including the lighthouse, displaying collections of Americana including carriages, decoys, dolls, furniture, toys, trade signs, quilts and weathervanes. A cafe and museum store are open daily. The museum is closed January 1 to March 31. From late May to mid-October, the museum is open 10 to 5 daily. Shorter hours in spring and fall.

From I-89, take Exit 13 to Route 7 south. The museum is in Shelburne, seven miles south of Burlington.

Keepers: Herman Melaney (1871-1882); Walter M. Button (1882-1888 and 1890-1892); August Pare (1888-1889); James Wakefield, Jr. (1889-1890); Chester F. Button (1901-1908); Willam H. Howard (1908-1909); August Lorenz (or Lorenze) (1909-1931); Joseph Aubin (1931-1933).

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