70 Lighthouse Street; Rochester, NY 14612

Welcome to the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Thank you for your interest in the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse is now open for the 2021 Season.  Below are the regulations for touring during a pandemic period.

Special Tours may be available during the offseason. Call 585.621.6179. Tours are subject to weather conditions.

ADMISSIONS

Adults 18 years and older $5.00
Children/Youth ages 5 to 17 years old $2.00
Children ages 4 or younger FREE

OPENING FOR THE 2022 SEASON

May 6, 2022, TILL OCTOBER 30, 2022

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY; 1:00 PM TILL 5:00 PM (Last unscheduled tour at 4:15 PM)

Special Group Tours other times by appointment ONLY may be arranged by
calling the Lighthouse at 585.621.6179 any time during the year.
The weather may not permit entrance to the Tower but the Keeper’s House may be open.

NE VIEW SHOW FLAGS WITH KEEPERS HOUSE/TOWER BKG

COVID POLICY: 

Because of updates at the Federal, State, and Local Governments, this could change. 

Everyone IS NOW REQUIRED TO WARE A MASK WHEN YOU ENTER THIS PUBLIC BUILDING. 

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Lakeside Winterfest Celebration and Polar Plunge return February 5 and 6th, 2022

Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 12 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.

The Lighthouse will have a TABLE SETUP with new items for SALE for the 200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE.

LOOK FOR US UNDER THE BIG TENT.  Next to the Roger Robach Community  Center.

OBPPC LINK:  Ontario Beach Park Program Committee (ontariobeachentertainment.org)

New covid restrictions permitting, the 36th Lakeside Winterfest Celebration will be held at Ontario Beach Park, Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6th.  Saturday from 12 pm until 4 pm, features an afternoon of fun and family events. Most activities will take place in a large, heated tent in the east courtyard of the Robach Center and the surrounding park. Come take a horse-drawn wagon ride, vote for Rochester’s best chili in the Chilly, Chili Challenge, taste and purchase local wines and craft beers, watch expert ice carvers create unique frozen art, and compete in the annual snow sculpture contest, this year’s category, Rochester landmarks. There will also be demonstrations of sled dogs, a chance to try snowshoes, and fun for the kids with the City’s Rec on the Move Staff. The Neil Van Dorn Band will rock the tent from 1- 3:30 pm.  For sustenance, enjoy the many restaurant choices in the area, one of the onsite vendors or coffee, hot chocolate, and bagel served up by volunteers from the Charlotte Community Association.

Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 12:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M.

HERE IS THE LINK:  2022 Rochester Polar Plunge – Special Olympics New York (nyso.org)

Sunday, February 6, Special Olympics New York’s largest polar plunge? the Rochester Polar Plunge takes over the beach, with over 1,000 polar plungers dipping into the frigid water of Lake Ontario at 12, Noon! Enjoy the costume contest, team and individual award ceremonies, food, raffles, and the famous march to the water led by the Gates Keystone Club Pipes & Drums as they escort the athlete and Torch Runner carrying the Flame of Hope. Join us as we salute local Special Olympics New York athletes, who stand up for inclusion on and off the field, day in and day out. Every dollar raised allows all local athletes to compete at no cost to them or their families.

Though pre-registrations are preferable, walk-up registrations, which require the $60 registration fee and you will receive the coveted and collectible, Rochester Polar Plunge sweatshirt, are always welcome beginning at 9:00 AM. Spectators are also welcome at no cost.

Visit polarplunge.net to get all the information and to register today.

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, with support from Wegmans, the City of Rochester and Monroe County, and Special Olympics New York, sponsors the Winterfest. For more information call the OBPPC hotline @585-865-3320 or go to Ontariobeachentertainment.org or Facebook. Com/ontariobeachparkprogramcommittee.

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SALE 

HAS ENDED

WE NOW HAVE NEW ITEMS IN STOCK WITH OUR NEW 200TH ANNIVERSARY ON THEM

CALL US AT 585.621.6179 FOR MORE INFORMATION

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LIVE in a HISTORIC LANDMARK

If you are interested in living in a Historic Lighthouse, read below.

MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TILL AFTER FEBRUARY 2022

We are in the process of making extensive improvements to the 2nd & 3rd floors at this time.

SEND US AN EMAIL TO:  info@geneseelighthouse.org include information on how we can contact you and we will update you on our current status!

Historical Apartment For Rent Click Here!

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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.

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”?  If we are closed, please call us at 585.621.6179 and we can make arrangements for purchasing items in our shop!

 

GIFT SHOP NOW ONLINE FOR PURCHASES BUT NOT AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP

Order your Bicentennial 2022 apparel ONLINE by clicking on the link below.

All orders include FREE SHIPPING!

These items are available ONLY ONLINE.  We do not carry them in our Lighthouse Gift Shop!

Order men’s and women’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies here.  New items added, Pillow, Tote Bag & Mug!

Click on the following link:  www.charlottegeneseelighthouse.online 

Items on Sale via Internet only at this time

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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 helping organize the collection, create finders tools in the archives, and answer information requests.  Training will be provided.

 


SOME THINGS ARE ON SALE IN OUR GIFT SHOP!

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
THE LIGHTHOUSE

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage
August 18th, 1920

Self Portrait Ellen Ruggles

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.

Voters for Woman

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.

Winning the Vote in Greece

Winning the Vote in Greece

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 2022 SEASON

The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is Open for the season on May 6, 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 unscheduled tour starts at 4:15 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*

KEEPER’S HOUSE:

  • 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)

TOWER:

  • 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.

GROUNDS:

  • 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.

ADDITIONAL/GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Plastic Shielding is in use at the Cashier’s desk.
  • Bathrooms are inspected and sanitized periodically during our opened hours.

Special Tours during the off Season or Off Hours can be scheduled by calling the Lighthouse at 585.621.6179 or email us at: info@geneseelighthouse.org
Special Tours during the Winter Months may be limited because of weather condition especially ice on the steps in the Lighthouse Tower.

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)

Saving Lives on Lake Ontario>>>The Government Agencies of Charlotte

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: info@geneseelighthouse.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, TRAINING PROVIDED:

  • Guides to give tours of our Museum & Tower
  • Cashier willing to learn the operation of cash register & credit card machine
  • Help plan & maintain the grounds
  • Gardeners needed on a regular basis to work with our Garden Committee
  • Maintenance in the Keeper’s house, tower & other structures on the property
  • Short jobs requiring plumbing & electrical experience
  • Maintenance

WISH LIST:

  • Pop-up tents, 10 x 10 feet or larger
  • Storage Boxes, acid-free, for archival materials (assorted sizes).
  • Printer: color laser printer, automatic two-sided printing
  • Refrigerator with freezer, small size (around 4 ft tall)

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.

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