Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse

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Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
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Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse is located in New York
Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse is located in the United States
Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse
Location70 Lighthouse St., Rochester, New York
Coordinates43°15′10″N 77°36′40″W / 43.25278°N 77.61111°W / 43.25278; -77.61111Coordinates: 43°15′10″N 77°36′40″W / 43.25278°N 77.61111°W / 43.25278; -77.61111
Year first lit1822[1]
ConstructionStone, white tower[3]
Tower shapeOctagonal
Tower height40 feet (12 m)[1]
Focal height14 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Original lensFourth order Fresnel lens[1]
Range9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)[2]
CharacteristicWhite, Fixed[2]
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
NRHP reference #74001259[4]
Added to NRHPAugust 13, 1974

The Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse is an 1822 stone octagonal[5] lighthouse in the Charlotte neighborhood in northern Rochester, New York, United States. The 40 ft 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.[6]

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.[7]

In 1965, Charlotte High School students started a letter writing campaign to save the lighthouse from impending destruction.[8] 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.[9] 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.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society
  2. ^ a b c d United States Coast Guard Light List
  3. ^ a b Friends
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  5. ^ NPS Maritime History
  6. ^ Official Lighthouse History Archived February 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Charlotte Lighthouse "Sea the Lights"
  8. ^ Rudy Alice Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^

Further reading[edit]

  • Oleszewski, Wes. Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-932212-98-0.
  • Scott T. Price. "U. S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation: A Historical Bibliography". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  • U.S. Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957).
  • Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia. Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1-55046-399-3

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