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Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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The Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse is an 1822 stone octagonal lighthouse in the Charlotte neighborhood in northern Rochester, New York, United States. The 40 ft tower is located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Genesee River. It originally had 10 whale oil Argand lamps, which were replaced with a Fresnel lens in 1853.On February 28, 1881, the lighthouse was turned off. After nearby piers changed the mouth of the river, it was far from the water. The light was then moved to a pier in 1884.In 1965, Charlotte High School students started a letter writing campaign to save the lighthouse from impending destruction. It was declared surplus in 1981 by the government. It is now owned by Monroe County and managed as a museum by the Charlotte Genesee Lightouse Historical Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization.It is part of the Seaway Trail, a National Scenic Byway. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a City of Rochester Landmark. It is open to the public.Further reading Oleszewski, Wes. Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-932212-98-0. U.S. Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957). Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia. Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1-55046-399-3
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  • We enjoyed our visit to the lighthouse. The small museum in the keepers house had some interesting displays, and the curator did a great job explaining the history of the lighthouse. Then we climbed t...  read more »
  • Beautiful grounds. They were closed when we got there, but we just hung out on the property and enjoyed the view. Lots of places to sit and relax. Great view! 
  • Really a unique and very interesting place with quite the history! The stories surrounding the lighthouse are very interesting. During the Revolutionary War.....there is history about how the soldiers...  read more »
  • I am glad to see that they have restored the Light and the lamp house. My family was probably the last family to live there back in the mid 70's. My father was the Commanding Officer and the local Coast Guard station across the water way. He had the house restored while we lived there and had opened the light to tours. By word of mouth only. The lamp house was completely boarded up at the time. Happy to see the historical society take it over and restore it to the beauty it use to be. Missed the large trees that was on the property. Kept it cool during the summer. Looks good today.
  • Very interresting
  • Ability to climb to the tower lantern room and see the wonderful view of the area. The Inside of the Keeper's house is full of Lighthouse and local marine & village of Charlotte history.
  • Nice to see, interesting history.
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