Welcome to the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Thank you for your interest in the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is now CLOSED for tours. Below are the regulations for touring during a pandemic period.
The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is Now Closed for the Season. Special Tours may be available during the offseason. Call 585.621.6179. Tours are subject to weather conditions.
Adults 18 years and older $5.00
Children/Youth ages 5 to 17 years old $2.00
Children ages 4 or younger FREE
OPEN FOR THE 2021 SEASON
JUNE 4, 2021 TILL OCTOBER 31, 2021
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY; 1:00 PM TILL 5:00 PM (Last tour at 4:30 PM)
Many safety precautions have been put in place such as wearing a FACE MASK/SHIELD, Disinfecting exposed areas throughout our hours of operation.
Our Lighthouse is Certified by the United States Coast Guard as a Secondary Aid to Navigation. The lens is automated to go on at dusk and off at dawn.
The Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society is:
LOOKING FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS and VOLUNTEERS!
Do you have an interest in Lighthouses, Charlotte History or Maritime History?
Do you have a few hours a month to volunteer at the local museum? If you have answered YES – then please contact the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society at (585) 621-6179 or Kathy Connor at (585) 327-4842. Leave a message. Someone will get back to you.
We need people to serve on the board, provide tours, help out in the gift shop and gardens in addition to help organize the collection, create finders tools in the archives and answer information requests. Training will be provided.
GIFT SHOP ITEMS AVAILABLE
We have been adding NEW items to our GIFT SHOP as we approach our 200 Anniversary in 2022. We have Mugs for $15.00 plus tax. We also have a new 90-minute video available for $15 plus tax. It was produced by WPBS Digital TV for the Seaway Trail that features over 20 lighthouses, including a feature on our tower and keeper’s house.
The Lighthouse will give 10% off most items if you are a member. Not a member, you can join and get a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop. Some of the items available are sweatshirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, hats, posters, and other items. Several books available about Lighthouses and the Charlotte area are also available. How about a book about the “GHOST OF THE CHARLOTTE GENESEE LIGHTHOUSE”?
SOME THINGS ON SALE IN TWO ROOMS!
Our Volunteers preparing for our 2020 Edition Volume 1 Newsletter
Our latest Newsletter was just mailed out to all of our members. Did not get one, well go to the drop down menue “JOIN” on this site and sign up so that you can keep up to the latest going on at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.
OUR NEWEST DISPLAY AT
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage
August 18th, 1920
The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society celebrates the local women of the Town of Greece who participated in the suffrage movement with a new exhibit and book at the museum. The keeper’s house and tower are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and group tours by appointment.
On August 18th, 2020 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
New York State had already passed universal suffrage on November 6, 1917, almost 3 years before the 19th amendment, but the citizens of Rochester voted against giving women the right to vote.
The local Charlotte Political Equality Club was formed on November 15, 1892 at the farm of Jean Brooks Greenleaf. In 2018, the Greece Historical Society installed a historic marker with a grant from the Pomeroy Foundation at her farm on Greenleaf Road, now part of Lakeshore Country Club.
Three Monroe County Annual Conventions were also held in the Village of Charlotte, two at the Methodist Church on Lake Avenue, in 1893 and 1897 and one at the Presbyterian Church on Stutson Street in 1909.
The exhibit tells the story of each of the fourteen women who are known to have participated in the suffrage movement, most of whom lived in the Village of Charlotte.
There was no doubt many more who participated but their names have been lost to history. Most came from middle-class families and were active in their churches and in other causes.
Among the women featured are Mary Greer Pollard (wife of the village blacksmith), Emma Pollard Greer (teacher and Charlotte historian), Mary Holden Greer (teacher who found the body of Sam Patch in the Genesee River), Josephine Jones Richmond (daughter of Charlotte’s doctor), and Lydia Loomis East (church organist).
Perhaps the most tireless and well-known local woman was Jean Brooks Greenleaf, who worked with Susan B. Anthony. She was elected Vice-President of the Charlotte Equality Club and was later President of the Rochester club for 3 years before being elected President of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association in 1890.
In conjunction with this exhibit, a book entitled Winning the Vote in Greece is available in the gift shop. Written by Maureen Whalen and Marie Poinan, the book features detailed information on each of the fourteen local suffragists from the Town of Greece & Charlotte.
TOURS FOR THE 2021 SEASON
The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is Open for the season on June 4, 2021(this is a change because of COVID 19 regulations), on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and continues till the end of October 31, 2021. House will be 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM. The last tour starts before 4:30 PM.
Because there may be special limitations because of COVID-19, the number of people in the Lighthouse and Tower may be limited and there may be a waiting line outside.
*REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURING THE CHARLOTTE-GENESEE LIGHTHOUSE IF COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS ARE IN EFFECT*
- Volunteers have the right to limit the number of people in the house.
- Everyone over 2 years of age MUST always wear a Face Mask.
- Maintain approximately 6 feet from others, not in your group.
- Enter & Exit Through the Gift Shop (Option to use the front door as an exit as directed by staff).
- Bathroom Open to Public. Cleaned periodically during the hours open.
- Sanitizer is available at entrance, bathroom & exits.
- No trying on any articles of clothing/hats before purchasing.
(Be aware that long lines might happen during scheduled opening hours)
- To enter the tower, EVERYONE MUST WEAR a face mask or shield & we will provide Gloves.
- No visitors can enter the tower WITHOUT a Tower Guide.
- Tower Guide has the right to limit the number of people/trips up the tower.
- The time limit of 5 minutes maximum at the top of the tower.
- Sanitizer is available at the bottom and top of the tower.
- At times the Tower may have to be closed due to High Temperatures at the top.
- Tower Guide has the authority to accept or reject visitors not limited to these rules.
- Picnic tables and benches open to the public during daylight hours. You must clean up after use.
- You must wear a face mask and practice SAFE DISTANCING on the grounds.
- Plastic Shielding is in use at the Cashier’s desk.
- Bathrooms are inspected and sanitized periodically during our opened hours.
STILL ON DISPLAY – THE LOCK-UPS OF CHARLOTTE
1. The LOCK-UPS of Charlotte. Learn the difference between a Lock-up & a Jail. (just a sample of what you will see)
2. 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.
Once again the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is listed as one of the 2020 Top 3 Landmarks in Rochester, NY.
Click on the image and it will take you to more information about the Award given to us by “Three Best Rated”
WANT TO HELP!
HELP US KEEP THE FACILITIES AND ORGANIZATION RUNNING. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING PLEASE CONTACT US either by PHONE AT 585.621.6179 OR EMAIL US AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, TRAINING PROVIDED:
- Guides to give tours of our Museum & Tower
- Cashier willing to learn operation of cash register & credit card machine
- Help plan & maintain the grounds
- Gardeners needed on a regular basis
- Maintenance in the Keeper’s house, tower & other structures on the property
- Short jobs requiring plumbing & electrical experience
- Pop-up tents, 10 x 10 feet or larger
- Storage Boxes, acid-free, for archival materials (assorted sizes). We just had a donation of several boxes and still can use more.
- Saber saw & blades, electric cord preferred
- Reciprocating saw/blades, electric cord preferred
- Heat gun, electric for removal of paint
- Printer: color laser printer, two sided printing
- Skill Saw, 7 1/2″ round blade
- Refrigerator with freezer, small size
- Desk with drawers on right side. No bigger than 53 inches wide, 24 inches deep, most height sizes will work.
Hours & Admissions
There are new displays both inside and outside the museum.
In Season Hours of Operation:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open April 3, 2020 till Saturday, April 31, 2020 The last Tour of the Tower is at 4:30 pm. Tours throughout the afternoon and no reservations required except for LARGE groups.
Directions & Maps
Find out how to reach from various directions and a Google Map to find us easily, You an always call or email us ahead to get more information.
Calender of Events
We host a number of events each year, In our Calendar you can find when a event is happening and plan your visit accordingly.
Donate to The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society
Become a member of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society and help preserve and interpret America’s oldest surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario for thousands of visitors who come to explore our site each year.
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