Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Come tour the oldest surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario! Four years ago the U.S. Coast Guard recognized the Lighthouse as a Private aid to Navigation. The light is automated to go on and off depending on lighting conditions.
Owned by Monroe County Government and administered by the all Volunteer Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society.
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Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse visitors can climb to the top of the forty-foot high lighthouse, completed in 1822 on a bluff overlooking the Genesee River’s flow into Lake Ontario, and hear the story of our urban pioneers who depended upon the lighthouse and its keepers to safely guide their boats into and out of the developing wilderness. After your climb, visit the 1863 Keeper’s Dwelling and stroll through exhibitions on the 19th and 20th century evolution of the lakeshore and riverfront from port to resort renowned as the “Coney Island of the West.”

Some of the hard working volunteers working at the 2019 Annual Christmas Sale. Last day is today, Sunday, December 8, 20...
12/08/2019

Some of the hard working volunteers working at the 2019 Annual Christmas Sale. Last day is today, Sunday, December 8, 2019. Some great deals for everyone. Nice Christmas Presents that you might want to get for someone.

Our Wreaths and Cyclamen plant came in today and are ready for our Annual Christmas Sale this Saturday and Sunday till 5...
12/06/2019

Our Wreaths and Cyclamen plant came in today and are ready for our Annual Christmas Sale this Saturday and Sunday till 5:00 pm. Plus the new Seaway Trail video will be available for $15.00. Our own Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is one of the over 20 Lighthouses being featured. Sorry the above items are not discounted. All other store items will be marked down to 10% non members and 20% for members at the cash register.

11/20/2019

Our WeatherBug Video System is now back on line. You should now be able to view one of our cameras which points to the Genesee River looking North.

Explaining the Fresnel Lens.
11/15/2019

Explaining the Fresnel Lens.

Photos from Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's post
11/15/2019

Photos from Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's post

Our Volunteers were invited by our President to a Thank You Celebration for all their help during our past season.  Over...
10/31/2019

Our Volunteers were invited by our President to a Thank You Celebration for all their help during our past season. Over 20 volunteers from the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society were able to attend. Our presidet hosted the event as a BIG THANKYOU PARTY at the Roger Robach Community Center on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. They had Great Food, Dance & were able to participate in the Annual Halloween Costume party put on by the OBPPC. Two of our members / spouses won awards for having some of the best costums.

Lighthouse closes for the season.  Opens again for regular Tours in April of 2020. Thanks to Sue Johnson for the photos.
10/28/2019

Lighthouse closes for the season. Opens again for regular Tours in April of 2020. Thanks to Sue Johnson for the photos.

Not much time left.  The Lighthouse will close for regular tours this season on Sunday, October 27, 2019.  Visit us the ...
10/19/2019
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society – America's Oldest Surviving Lighthouse on Lake Ontario

Not much time left. The Lighthouse will close for regular tours this season on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Visit us the next two weekends on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Last tour begins at 4:30 pm. But don't worry we have a special event coming on December 7th and 8th. Our Annual Christmas Sale. Watch this page or our web site for more exciting information. www.geneseelighthouse.org .🥰

AUGUST 17, 2019 Sat.; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PMAUGUST 18, 2019 Sun.; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PMINTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTSHIP WEEKE...
08/15/2019

AUGUST 17, 2019 Sat.; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
AUGUST 18, 2019 Sun.; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND
(A HAM RADIO EXPERIENCE)

RARA (Rochester Amateur Radio Association

At the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse
70 Lighthouse St.
Rochester, NY 14612

The basic objective of the event is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill. Lighthouses are fast becoming an endangered species with the introduction of Global Positioning Systems and Satellite Navigation and the automation of the light source to solar power which has resulted in the withdrawal of management personnel (Keepers). It is hoped that this event will highlight this situation and help prevent further desecration of these magnificent structures all around the world.

Here is a link to an article from the GreeceNewsNY.com where the Lighthouse is on the FRONT COVER. Both my vice presiden...
07/26/2019

Here is a link to an article from the GreeceNewsNY.com where the Lighthouse is on the FRONT COVER. Both my vice president and I are on the cover. It is full of many photos both outside and inside the Keeper's House and in the Tower. Clink on the link below:

http://greecenewsny.com/…/201…/charlotte-genesee-lighthouse/

THE LOCK UPS OF CHARLOTTE, RETURNS TO OUR INSIDE DISPLAY:  Learn the difference between a Lock-up & a Jail.  Where were ...
07/20/2019

THE LOCK UPS OF CHARLOTTE, RETURNS TO OUR INSIDE DISPLAY: Learn the difference between a Lock-up & a Jail. Where were the three Lock-ups? Visit us soon and get the details on this. Our museum has the history of the Lighthouses of Charlotte and why it is so far from Lake Ontario.

NEW DISPLAY FOR 2019 SEASON:  Saving Lives on Lake Ontario…The Government Agencies of Charlotte!  The U.S. Lighthouse Se...
07/20/2019

NEW DISPLAY FOR 2019 SEASON: Saving Lives on Lake Ontario…The Government Agencies of Charlotte! The U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, U.S. Life Saving Service, and the U.S Coast Guard Service. Come visit the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse to find out more. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm. Last tower tour starts at 4:30 pm.

Irondequoit & Greece Concert Bands June 2019
07/09/2019

Irondequoit & Greece Concert Bands June 2019

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
07/05/2019

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's cover photo
07/04/2019

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's cover photo

Happy 4th of July!
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July!

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday; 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm.  Last Tower Tour starts at 4:30 pm.
07/04/2019

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday; 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Last Tower Tour starts at 4:30 pm.

Hi everyone. The Lighthouse got a call to be interviewed Live on channel 7 and 13 in the Rochester Area and they wanted ...
07/04/2019

Hi everyone. The Lighthouse got a call to be interviewed Live on channel 7 and 13 in the Rochester Area and they wanted a Live Interview about our International Peace Garden on Wednesday July 3rd at 8:15 am. Here is a link to their web site to view the interview: https://foxrochester.com/news/good-day-rochester/the-peace-garden-trail-ready-for-the-summer-season . Please watch it and I hope you want to stop by the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse and view the International Peace Garden which was created, designed in 2012 by Lighthouse Board members Tom Clayton & Fred Amato. I improved the link above so that it takes you directly to the LH Peace Garden Video.

Recent views of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.
07/01/2019

Recent views of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.

The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse was awarded the 2019  Best Three Landmarks in Rochester.  Joined by the Susan B. Anthon...
06/28/2019

The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse was awarded the 2019 Best Three Landmarks in Rochester. Joined by the Susan B. Anthony House and the the Powers Building.

Life’s a Beach Along the Lake Ontario Shoreline
07/10/2017
Life’s a Beach Along the Lake Ontario Shoreline

Life’s a Beach Along the Lake Ontario Shoreline

  It’s summertime, time to hit the beach! With our area’s abundance of lakes and rivers, there are numerous beaches to choose from. Here we focus on some of the beach...

Happy Opening Weekend!  Stop by this season to see our new & expanded display on "Ontario Beach Park - The Coney Island ...
04/02/2017

Happy Opening Weekend! Stop by this season to see our new & expanded display on "Ontario Beach Park - The Coney Island of the West"!

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's cover photo
12/16/2016

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse's cover photo

12/04/2016

We are now open for the last day of our Holiday Sale! Come get your fresh wreaths for only $25.95 each!

We have a newly built door between the Keeper's house entry way and the sitting room. The lockset is original to the hou...
11/01/2016

We have a newly built door between the Keeper's house entry way and the sitting room. The lockset is original to the house!

We are halfway through 8 coats of lime wash to restore the lighthouse to its original look.  In addition to providing a ...
09/18/2016

We are halfway through 8 coats of lime wash to restore the lighthouse to its original look. In addition to providing a protective layer for the structure, the limewash is returning to boaters its function as a day marker. Boaters will now see the lighthouse during daylight hours, as intended, as well as lit during the hours of darkness. This is the first restoration of this protective layer since the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1881!

A family of robins has moved into the well outside of the Lighthouse!
05/14/2016

A family of robins has moved into the well outside of the Lighthouse!

05/03/2016

We will be officially open for the 2016 season on Friday!

Spotted at Abbott's Frozen Custard in Bushnell's Basin!
04/17/2016

Spotted at Abbott's Frozen Custard in Bushnell's Basin!

03/29/2016

We will be accepting donations for our annual garage sale fundraiser on the first Saturday of every month (through October) at the Custom House. Keep us in mind as you start spring cleaning! See our Events page for more info.

Find these images of the Lighthouse at the new McAlister's Deli on Winton Road!
12/10/2015

Find these images of the Lighthouse at the new McAlister's Deli on Winton Road!

10% off all purchases at our holiday sale on Saturday and Sunday! 20% off for Lighthouse Members! Join while you're here...
12/03/2015
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse to host holiday sale

10% off all purchases at our holiday sale on Saturday and Sunday! 20% off for Lighthouse Members! Join while you're here this weekend to get your 20% discount!

The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, 70 Lighthouse St., Rochester, will host a holiday sale from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5-6. The sale will feature a fundraiser

12/01/2015

Don't forget to pre-order your fresh wreath for pickup at the Holiday Sale this weekend! They are limited in number and always sell out quickly! 🌲

Happy Thanksgiving week!
11/24/2015

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Take a look at our new windows!
10/06/2015

Take a look at our new windows!

We are mourning the passing of Father John Lee, a long time board member who continued to volunteer until he passed away...
08/07/2015
Rev. John R. Lee C.S.B.'s Obituary on Rochester Democrat And Chronicle

We are mourning the passing of Father John Lee, a long time board member who continued to volunteer until he passed away on Sunday.

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | Lee, Rev. John R., C.S.B. Rochester: Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the age of 87. Predeceased by his parents, Edgar & Mildred; his brothers, William & Robert; his sister, Barbara Mayer. Fr. Lee is

07/14/2015

BREAKING: The event tonight has been CANCELLED due to the rain. ☔️

On Cabo Polonio, a remote cape located on the eastern coast of Uruguay, a lighthouse has been guiding ships since 1881. ...
07/09/2015
A Day in the Life of a Lighthouse Keeper

On Cabo Polonio, a remote cape located on the eastern coast of Uruguay, a lighthouse has been guiding ships since 1881. In They Are The Last, film production company Kauri Multimedia captures the daily routines of Leonardo da Costa, Cabo Polonio's lighthouse keeper. As more lighthouses become automated, da Costa is one of the few watchmen who remain.

In They Are The Last, film production company Kauri Multimedia captures the daily routines of Leonardo da Costa, Cabo Polonio's lighthouse keeper.

The historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte opens for the season this weekend.  To mark t...
05/22/2015
Parks Ontario Beach Park | Monroe County, NY

The historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte opens for the season this weekend. To mark the first day of the 2015 season, FREE carousel rides will be offered from 12:00 Noon until 9:00 p.m. today!

MonroeCounty.gov is the official site of Monroe County, New York providing online services and information for residents, businesses, municipalities and visitors.

6 historic lighthouses in Upstate New York
05/06/2015
6 historic lighthouses in Upstate New York

6 historic lighthouses in Upstate New York

Upstate New York boasts some gorgeous and historic lighthouses. One even has features a bust on it sculpted by famous French artist Rodin.

Wayne
03/03/2015

Wayne

Winter scene of Genesee Pierhead Light and fog signal building in 1910

03/03/2015
The Buffalo Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway Company

The Buffalo Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway Company

The BR&P owned two steamships, the Ontario 1 and 2. They hauled coal from the BR&P dock at Charlotte NY across Lake Ontario to the Grand Trunk RR dock at Coburg Ontario from 1907 to 1950. This footage of the Ontario 2 in 1946 might be the only movie images of either of the two ships. This is a small clip from a B&O RR promotional film entitled "Meeting The Challenge".

Address

70 Lighthouse St
Rochester, NY
14612

General information

Open from April 5 thru October 27, 2019 Adults $5.00 17 and older Youth $2.00 5 to 16 FREE for Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Society members HOURS: Fri, Sat, & Sun: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Other time by appointment only. The grounds are always open for people to walk around and take photos from dawn to dark.

Opening Hours

Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(585) 621-6179

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