The site of the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse has a rich historic past. It was originally occupied by a windmill, built by the French in 1737. The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse rises from a small point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The construction of the lighthouse memorial was a joint effort of the States of New York and Vermont (two small memorials flanking the lighthouse are inscribed with the names of the members of the two commissioners) as part of the 300th anniversary celebration of Champlain's "discovery" of the lake. Incorporating the memorial with a lighthouse seemed a fitting way to commemorate an explorer and navigator of Champlain's stature. Facing the water, a statue of Champlain, flanked by a Native American and a French Voyageur, was sculpted by American, Carl Auguste Heber. Below the figures is the bust "LaFrance," an exquisite bronze bust sculpted by the famous Frenchman, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and spontaneously presented by the French government in May 1912.
Latitude: 44.029872 Longitude: -73.421561 Elevation: 122 ft
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- A Crease in the Landscape: Perspectives on the Working Landscape and Slate Valley of Lakes to Locks Passage
- Lake Champlain Birding Trail
- Hamlet of Fort Miller
- Explore the Turning Point Trail: The 1777 Campaign of Major General John Burgoyne
- Northern Reaches of Lake Champlain: An Interpretive Guide to the Borderlands of Lakes to Locks Passage
Interests and Areas of Expertise
Regional History, American History, European History, Religious History, Culinary Arts.
Don't Miss This When Visiting
Rodin's Sculpture, "La France"
Related Sites, Tours And Activities
Lake Champlain Region Visitor's Center
Crown Point Reservation Campground
Crown Point State Historic Site
Lake Champlain Bridge
Chimney Point State Historic Park [VT]
Lighthouse open to the public, weather permitting.