Valcour Island has a rich history. In 1776, an important Revolutionary War battle started near here when an American naval force under Benedict Arnold encountered a large British fleet. While most of the American ships were captured or destroyed, the action stalled British plans to reach the upper Hudson Valley. In the 1870s, the Bluff Point Lighthouse was built to aid navigation. Accessible by boat, the Clinton County Historical Association offers tours of the lighthouse and interprets the history of the island.