Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester

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The Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse is an 1822 stone octagonal lighthouse in the Charlotte neighborhood in northern Rochester, New York, United States. The 40 ft (12 m) tower is located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Genesee River. It originally had 10 whale oil Argand lamps, which were replaced with a Fresnel lens in 1853.
On February 28, 1881, the lighthouse was turned off. After nearby piers changed the mouth of the river, it was far from the water. The light was then moved to a pier in 1884.
In 1965, Charlotte High School students started a letter writing campaign to save the lighthouse from impending destruction. It was declared surplus in 1981 by the government. It is now owned by Monroe County and managed as a museum by the Charlotte Genesee Lightouse Historical Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization.

It is part of the Seaway Trail, a National Scenic Byway. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a City of Rochester Landmark. It is open to the public.

As of 2014, the lighthouse is active, and listed in the United States Coast Guard Light List as light number 2333.
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  • Found the place closed on a Friday morning in April. Reviews indicated it afforded great views. They must have been referring to views available from the top of the tower if it was open. Views from... 
    Found the place closed on a Friday morning in April. Reviews indicated it afforded great views. They must have been referring to views available from the top of the tower if it was open. Views from...  more »
  • It wasn't open when I visited but I'm glad I went and got a photograph. Lighthouses are a thing for me! 
    It wasn't open when I visited but I'm glad I went and got a photograph. Lighthouses are a thing for me!  more »
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  • We visited on Easter Sunday. The lighthouse was closed, but it was nice to be able to still walk around outside and read the boards. The lighthouse is beautiful and a true piece of history along the Erie Canal. Parking is directly at, around the lighthouse, so unlike other lighthouses there isn’t a long trek to the actual lighthouse. Would be great for someone who would have trouble making the hike up to a light house, but would still like to have the experience. Thankful to have had the opportunity to visit.
  • We had a great tour guide who showed us around the little museum and light tower along with giving us a little history lesson which I really enjoyed. There is a little gift shop in which I bought a Christmas ornament commemorating their 200 year anniversary. Very neat place to visit at a great price!

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