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The lighthouse is now part of 37 historic structures, most from the 19th century, where many of the authentic original structural components of each structure have been painstakingly disassembled and reconstructed as part Shelburne VT wife swapping the outdoor Shelburne Museum complex.

About 7 miles northwest of Burlington, and about a mile out onto the lake there were a small group of dangerous shoals wreaking havoc with mariners. This caused the need for a lighthouse to be built on Colchester Reef. Inthe Lighthouse Service ran a national competition for the best lighthouse de, which was awarded to a graduate in engineering from the University of Vermont, Albert Dow.

Colchester Reef lighthouse was completed inbut ran into problems with its foundation from the fierce storms constantly pounding the remote light, and ice jams. Supplies initially were only brought to the lighthouse once a year without much input from the light keeper. The first Keeper, Herman Malaney, kept receiving, against his wishes, over nine tons of coal each year, which was much more than he would use.

He decided to support the local ice fisherman each year as they would look forward to receiving a bag of coal from the Keeper each winter to heat their ice shanties. Keeper Button rang the lighthouse bell for a doctor on shore to aid in his wife's delivery, but the ice was two thin to cross and too thick for the local doctor and his assistant to get a boat out to the lighthouse, located over a mile out on the frozen lake.

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They decided to risk their lives and try to walk out to the lighthouse. When they were about half a mile out, one of the large ice floes they were on broke apart and sent them drifting away from the direction of the lighthouse. The ice floe then began to break apart again causing the doctor and his assistant to jump from ice floe to ice floe to get to the mainland to safety.

Luckily they made it about four miles away from their starting point, and as luck would have it, a healthy baby girl was born at the lighthouse without any medical assistance. When William Howard was Keeper at Colchester Reef light, he had problems dealing with the solitary existence at the lighthouse and wanted to move closer towards one of the bigger cities.

He met a Keeper from the New York City area, August Lorenz, who longed for a quiet existence away from the noise and crowds of the city. The two decided to swap jobs.

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One time he nearly encased himself in ice from the freezing spray while he was rowing supplies to the lighthouse. He also had to contend with the dangerous ice floes that constantly would bombard the lighthouse foundation. One ice flow tore a large hole in the kitchen area. Lorenz stayed at the lighthouse for nearly 22 years, until he was forced to retire at the age of The lighthouse was retired inand fell into disrepair over the years.

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Today the Shelburne Museum has 37 buildings including the Colchester Reef lighthouse where visitors can also tour the inside of the lighthouse. Most of the buildings and structures represent the 19th century in their architecture and de.

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Shelburne Farms is an interactive and educational acre working farm for families and children. About 5 miles south of the Shelburn Museum, you can stroll around nearly 6 acres of wildflower gardens at the Vermont Wildflower Farm.

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You can also see the lighthouse from the road. My book with over imagesLighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermontprovides lots of stories from each of the 76 lighthouses in the northern coast, along with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special vacation. Do not reproduce without permission.

All rights reserved. Privacy and Liability Disclaimer. Directions and Cruises. Lighthouse Stories. Next Lighthouse: Burlington Breakwater Lighthouses. Photo Gallery.

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Historic Stories. Lorenz loved the quiet solitude, even though he had various instances of dealing with extreme temperatures. Webb then had the lighthouse painstakingly disassembled and labeled piece by piece, then reconstructed to its original glory on the grounds of the current Shelburne Museum. Paddle Wheel Steam Ship Ticonderoga. Many of the buildings including Colchester Reef Lighthouse and the Ticonderoga have been painstakingly disassembled, labeled, and then precisely reconstructed to their original states.

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