Tibbitts point, at the head of the St.
Lawrence, took its name from Captain John Tibbitts, of Troy, who received
a patent for 600 acres of land, and which was surveyed in 1799. The first
light-house and dwelling were built in 1827. The second tower, which is
now standing, was erected in 1854, and stuccoed on the outside in 1870.
Supplies were furnished annually. The visibility of the light, by means of
the Fresnel lens, is fifteen nautical miles, although the flame, in very
clear weather, may be seen full thirty miles. The lamp burns about nine
months in the year; and the number of vessels that have passed that point
during the past five years has averaged a little less than thirteen
hundred for each season of navigation. It may be said, also, that the
three acres of land attached to the house and tower belong to the United
States, as well as the light-house, although the State of New York has
reserved the rights of criminal and civil jurisdiction therein. A. J.
Cratsonberg is the present keeper. (Transcribed by
Holice B.Young. Original HTML by Debbie