The waters surrounding Valcour Island in Lake Champlain were the scene of the Battle of Valcour, an important naval battle during the Revolutionary War. Here in October 1776, a small colonial fleet under the command of Benedict Arnold heroically engaged the British fleet, helping to delay their advance into the colonies. The historic importance of Valcour Bay has been recognized by its listing as a National Historic Landmark.
During the late 19th century, the island was briefly home to a fledgling “free-love” colony called the Dawn Valcour Community and, in 1874, a lighthouse was built on the island to guide ships along the lake.
The island is now part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve but the lighthouse is managed by the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) and has just undergone extensive restoration. The island also has a fascinating natural history and is home to the largest Great Blue Heron rookery on Lake Champlain. We will travel by boat to Valcour Island for a four-mile interpretive hike with AARCH staff and naturalist David Thomas-Train. AARCH has also been granted special permission to enter the lighthouse.
The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m.
FEE: $50 for AARCH and CCHA members and $55 for non-members
Please note that this tour includes a short boat ride plus a four-mile interpretive hike over rough trails and difficult terrain.
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