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 tours.  Below are the regulations for touring during this pandemic period. 

The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is Open for the season on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM (Please arrive by 4:15 PM so that you can have a complete tour).  The last day of the season is Sunday, November 1, 2020 (Extended 1 day from the original schedule)

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

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.




Celebrating the

100th Anniversary

of Woman Suffrage

August 18th 1920 till August 18th 2020

Self Portrait Ellen Ruggles

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.

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.

Winning the Vote in Greece

Winning the Vote in Greece

Voters for Woman



 The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is Open for the season and will continue till Sunday,

November 1, 2020 

Our normal tours are on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm (Last tower tour will start at 4:30 pm).  For large groups over 5 people we recommend calling to schedule a specific time. 

Because of the special limitations, the number of people in the Lighthouse and Tower will be limited and there may be a waiting line out side. 



* 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.


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.



SPECIAL ITEM FOR SALE in our Gift Shop or can be mailed to you:

 We a few DVD’s of the new 90-minute of New York’s Seaway Lighthouses video left.  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.  A great collectors item or gift for a family member or friend!


 DVD NY Seaway LH   $15.00 plus 8% tax & shipping charge.  It can also be purchased in our Gift Ship to save of shipping cost.

To purchase one Call us at 585.621.6179


send an email to: 


We hope to list other items for sale soon.            



  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.

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



Best Landmarks in Rochester


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”





  • 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

  • Maintenance


  • 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.

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