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Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester

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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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  • The guide was very good. The light house is a tight fit and not appropriate for large groups. The house contains displays and artifacts. Very nice views from the top. 
  • This is a small quaint lighthouse however the tour guides provide very in depth discussion about not only the lighthouse and its history but the history of the surrounding area. Definitely worth the $...  more »
  • Had a great time learning about the lighthouse and history and then we went to the top. The stairs are pretty steep and at the end you have to climb a ladder to get into the very top. But well worth i...  more »
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  • Learned interesting facts about the area but did not go all the way to top of lighthouse because people with me and others in the group ahead were scared aand limited to crawling up. There was no railing, instead a rope that moved between loops, not a secure, safe feeling. A permanent railing would be a HUGE improvement since going up to the top was a potential highlight and goal of the visit.
  • 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.