Do you recognize the building and/or tower in the photo? The tower is the key: it’s Split Rock Lighthouse.
Here’s what the community had to say (many recognized the lighthouse):
Jane McClung TerLouw: Looks like Split Rock to me.
Dianne Lansing: I’m guessing its the Split Rock Lighthouse. (Why else would it be posted on an Essex website?)
Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company (Plattsburgh, NY): Beautiful photo of the Split Rock lighthouse, built in 1867!
Jeff Warner: Has it been too long or was the negative backwards when the photo was developed?
Becky Thebeau: Oh my. Look at original photos of Crown Point Light house and see almost identical. Crown Point Lighthouse used to have sheep in the back in 1810, original should be at Penfield Homestead Museum, Crown Point, NY with the papers that shows coast guard giving possession to the point.
The original lighthouse at Split Rock was constructed in the 1830s and was later replaced with a limestone tower in 1867 that still stands today—which appears to be the one in the photo. Don’t you agree? Which dates the photo post-1867, but I’m still unsure of an estimate date. I’d say perhaps early 1900s (although I’ve seen old ~1960s photos with a reddish tint similar to this.) What do you think?
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