Mary Alice Snetsinger

Mary Alice Snetsinger is a conservation biologist now working in Kingston.

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Tibbett’s Point Lighthouse

The oldest of the lighthouses in the Thousand Islands, Tibbett’s Point was first built in 1827, and was so named because the 3-acre lighthouse site was once part of a 600-acre parcel of land granted to Capt. John Tibbett (or Tibbetts).

Volume 18, Issue 10, October 2023
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Grenadier Island Lighthouse

Grenadier Island was a busy farming community well before the government established its lighthouse in 1856.

Volume 18, Issue 7, July 2023
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The Burnt Island Lighthouse

Burnt Island saw two women appointed as lightkeepers, including the first woman officially recognized as a lightkeeper anywhere in the Thousand Islands. . . .

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
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Rock Island Lighthouse, Part II

William (Bill) Johnston has a storied history in the Thousand Islands, and it is sometimes difficult to separate the man from the legend – or from the mythologized “pirate” celebrated at the annual Alexandria Bay “Bill Johnston Pirate Days” festival.

Volume 17, Issue 3, March 2022
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Rock Island Lighthouse, Part I

Rock Island is most likely the most famous light station on the River. Read all about it!

Volume 17, Issue 2, February 2022
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Crossover Island Lighthouse

Crossover Island is located a bare 1/5th of a mile south of the border, close to the point where the shipping channel crosses the international boundary. The lighthouse was needed to safely guide ships through the cluster of shoals and islands . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
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Sunken Rock Light

Marking the largely submerged rock formation known as Bush Island, Sunken Rock is a little workhorse of a lighthouse built in 1847, and still in service today.

Volume 16, Issue 5, May 2021
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Spectacle Shoal and Red Horse Rock Lighthouses

Spectacle Shoal and Red Horse Rock were among nine lighthouses established in 1856 when the government decided that lighting the Canadian Thousand Islands was a priority.

Volume 14, Issue 7, July 2019
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Sister Island Lighthouse

The history of Sisters Lighthouse on Sister Island located 6 1/2 miles from Alexandria Bay and just south of the International border. Construction began in 1870.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
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