THE LIGHTHOUSE SCHEDULE
Site Update 4/24/13  

ADMISSION

$3.00 Adults

Children 17 & younger FREE

Special Tours during off season and off hours can be arranged by calling 585-621-6179, please allow several days advance notice!

New Outdoor Display: War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail. One of 27 Peace Gardens.

New Indoor Display

See details below and to the right.

Upcoming Events

Click on Calendar Below


Now Accepting Visa & Master Card in our Gift ShopMaster / Visa Card

OFFICERS

Robert L. Owens, Jr., President
Douglas T. Moran, Vice President
Geraldine K. Sauter, Treasurer
William J. Briggs, Secretary

TRUSTEES

Fred Amato
Lea Bancroft
Thomas Clayton
Allan Colleta
Eugene Edwards
Joseph Genova
Phillip Hurwitz
Michael May
Ann R. Pensgen
Kirk Simpson
Carolyn Vacca

 

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Welcome to the OFFICIAL WEB site of The CHARLOTTE-GENESEE LIGHTHOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

America's Oldest Surviving Lighthouse on Lake Ontario

Before After

Before --------------2012 Renovations----------------- After

Facebook Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Facebook Page Link-Don't miss the latest updates

CLOSED FOR THE 2012 SEASON

New Hours of Operation for the 2013 Season

Open: May thru October

Spring Operating Hours May & June

  • Friday thru Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Operating Hours for July & August

  • Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday thru Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Tuesdays

Fall Operating Hours for September & October

  • Friday thru Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Special Tours Year Round by Appointment Only!

Please call 2 weeks in advance.

 

WELCOME MESSAGE

Thank you for your interest in the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse is located in the former Village of Charlotte (at the Port of Rochester, NY). We are now closed for the 2012 season. We have established new dates and times to help make it more convenient for visitors(see above). 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 one 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! To the north is Ontario Beach Park where you can ride the historic 1905 Denzel Carousel. View the beautiful sail boats, motor boats and catch the cement boat coming into the port of Rochester. To the east are several marinas, Rochester Yacht Club, the Genesee Yacht Club and the United States Coast Guard Station Rochester.  To the south west is Holy Cross Church and to the west are a high rise apartments and many Charlotte businesses. Requirements for visitors to enter the museum and climbing the tower can been read by clicking on the following link:

Click hear for New Tour Regulations if you are climbing the Tower

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SEE WHAT HAS HAPPENED RECENTLY AT THE LIGHTHOUSE

Click on the menu at the top of this page labeled:

"RecentEvents"

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MEETINGS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE SOCIETY

ALL FUTURE MEETINGS WILL BE AT THE OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE(Formerly the Tapecon Building)10 Latta Rd., Rochester, NY 14612; Corner of Latta Rd. & River St; For further information Call (585) 621-6179)

MARINE HISTORY GROUP MEETING
Saturday, May 11, 2013; 10:00 a.m. - noon

The event is FREE & Open to the Public
SUBJECT: There will be followed by a Round Table discussion.


Remember meetings will be at the former Customs House, 10 Latta Rd. at the corner of Latta & River St.

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VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP MEETING

Saturday, May 16, 2013; 10:00 a.m. - noon

THE EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SUBJECT: Jack Kemp will present items that he has discovered since their last meeting. This will be followed by a Round Table Discussion. Bring information about the Village of Charlotte that you would like to share.

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NEW INDOOR DISPLAYS

New & Expanded Displays

See what the Keeper & his family might do during their free time. More Items showing Ontario Beach Park during the late 1800's & early 1900's (The Coney Island of the West)

New New

New New

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OUTDOOR DISPLAY

War of 1812 International Peace Garden

Officially Opened on June 23, 2012

On the Grounds of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Will reopen in May 2013

Peace fred

The Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail is designed to attract international visitors as well as residents of this historic region to experience and enjoy the natural beauty that these gardens provide while commemorating the peace that has existed between Canada and the United States over the past 200 years. The garden at the lighthouse is one of 27 gardens on the shore of Lake Ontario and Canada. Learn about the War of 1812 history and how it affected the area referred to as "Charlotte".

Panel 1 Display

(SAMPLE PANEL: ONE OF FOUR PANELS EACH REPRESENTING AN EVENT IN CHARLOTTE)

To learn more about the International Peace Gardens

Click Here! or type in 1812.ipgf.org in your browser.

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Updated "Recent Events"

See new photos of(scroll down screen):

City Awards LH Peace Garden "Best Education Garden Project"- Sept. 18, 2012

Marine History Meeting - Sat. Oct. 13, 2012

River Romance Weekend - Sun. Oct. 7, 2012

Breaking News - Lighthouse Give Tapecon building, Aug. 23, 2012

Charlotte High School Class of 1962 Visits Lighthouse Sat., Aug 11, 2012

Members' Annual Picnic & Volunteer Awards Ceremony - Thurs., Aug. 9, 2012

Dedication of War of 1812 International Peace Garden - June 23, 2012

The Harley School - Thurs., May 31, 2012

International Peace Garden, War of 1812 - May 2012

Allendale Columbia School-Tues., June 5, 2012

"DAY OF CARING #2 First Niagara Bank Volunteers"- Thurs., May 10, 2012

"DAY OF CARING #1 Excellus/Lighthouse Volunteers - Thurs., April 19, 2012

"Lighthouse Table at Winter Fest 2012, Rochester, Terminal"- Sat., Feb. 12, 2012

"Mr. & Mrs. Todd & Michelle Korol Wedding @ Lighthouse" - Sat., Aug. 27, 2011

"Mr. & Mrs. Mark Klein Wedding @ Lighthouse" - Sat., Aug. 20, 2011

"International Lighthouse Weekend" - August 20 & 21, 2011

"Annual Meeting / Volunteer of the Year Award" - August 11, 2011

"Arts & Crafts Show / Sale" -July 16 & 17, 2011

"Irondequoit Concert Band & Alphorn of Western NY" - July 19, 2011

"Harbor & Carousel Fest" - June 24, 25 & 26, 2011

"United Way Day of Caring - Excellus Volunteers" - May 11, 2011

"Bootlegging on Lake Ontario during prohibition" - Feb. 12, 2011

Lighthouse Volunteers at Charlotte Winterfest Feb. 13, 2011

Ghost Stories / Halloween - Oct. 29, 2010

National Lighthouse Day / Well Dedication, Aug. 7, 2010

Irondequoit Concert Band, July 20, 2010

4th Annual Arts & Crafts Show/Sale, July 17 & 18, 2010

Keeper's Festival, May 22, 2010

Click on the above Drop Down Menu "Recent Events"

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Community Outreach Program

We would like to display our Lighthouse Models at your event or put on a slide presentation for your group. 

PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:

  • The Lighthouses of Charlotte
  • The War of 1812
  • Ontario Beach Park - The Coney Island of the West

A small HONORARIUM requested per presentation.

For more details pease contact the Lighthouse: by phone @ (585) 621-6179 or by e-mail: info@geneseelighthouse.org

 

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