Thank you for your interest in the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. During the summer of 2014, Phase One of our tower restoration was concluded. The lantern room was removed from the tower so that brickwork at the top of the tower could be completed. While the lantern room was on the ground, we took the opportunity to restore it as well. Due to the generosity of a private donor, a replica lens was purchased and placed in the tower. The lens was dedicated to John Ochs and Benjamin O’Brien, two founding members of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. As a result, we are now not only the oldest surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario, but also the oldest ACTIVE surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario. Yes, we are once again listed in the United States Coast Guard Light List as light number 2333.
The Lighthouse is located in the former Village of Charlotte (at the Port of Rochester, NY). We have established new dates and times to help make it more convenient for visitors. There are new displays both inside and outside the museum. If you are in the area and unable to make the normal operating hours and would like a special tour, please call us at least two weeks in advance at 585-621-6179.
The tower was constructed in 1822 on a hill just West of the Genesee River and South of what once was a marshy area on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. The current Keeper’s House was built in 1863 to replace the original which was just to the South of the current building. The Tower is 40 feet high with an additional 12 feet of height for the lantern room. There are 42 steps and then an 11 rung ladder that takes you into the lantern room. Here you will experience a beautiful panorama view of the surrounding area. Cameras are a MUST!