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). 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)
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  • Tucked behind Holy Cross Church is the old lighthouse, which still operates. There's historical information and the volunteer guides know quite a bit. For $5 you can climb up the spiral staircase to g...  more »
  • The is an old lighthhouse. Amazing how far it is from the actual harbour. I would not spend no more than ~~ 3 minutes looking around and I'm not sure they ever had tours. There is a lot more to see on...  more »
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  • Cool lighthouse built in 1822. One of only two lighthouses still operating on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. You can go up with a tour guide to see the lens itself. It costs a few bucks per person. There's also a small museum. Nice views of the port of Rochester. Tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Be prepared to climb steps. There's a spiral staircase and then a short ladder at the top. It's hot up there on sunny days.
  • This lighthouse you can visit & climb to the tower which holds the light. There is also story time to hear different experience s that happened to lighthouse residents. Really Cool Stories.
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