Rondout Light

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Rondout Creek Leading Light
Rondout 2 Lighthouse, Kingston (Ulster County, New York).jpg
Rondout Light is located in New York
Rondout Light
LocationHudson River at Rondout Creek, Kingston, New York
Coordinates41°55′15″N 73°57′45″W / 41.92083°N 73.96250°W / 41.92083; -73.96250Coordinates: 41°55′15″N 73°57′45″W / 41.92083°N 73.96250°W / 41.92083; -73.96250
Year first constructed1838
Year first lit1915 (current tower)
FoundationConcrete pier with wood piles
Tower shapeSquare tower with attached house
Markings / patternYellow brick with black lantern
Tower height48 feet (15 m)
Focal height54 feet (16 m)
Original lensSixth order Fresnel lens
Current lens9.8 inches (250 mm)
Range9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
CharacteristicFlashing White, 6 secs
Fog signalHorn (removed)
Admiralty numberJ1139
ARLHS numberUSA-702
USCG number1-38190

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Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Kingston/Rondout 2 Lighthouse
Arealess than one acre
MPSHudson River Lighthouses TR
NRHP reference #79001640 [4]
Added to NRHPMay 29, 1979

Rondout Light is a lighthouse on the west side of the Hudson River at Kingston, New York.


  • The official name in the Coast Guard Light List is Rondout Creek Leading Light.[1]
  • The National Register name, Kingston/Rondout 2 Lighthouse comes from its location in a series of day beacons and lights in Rondout Creek. Number 2 is the first on the right hand side.[1]
  • The USCG history site calls it Rondout Creek (Kingston) Light.[2]


The first lighthouse at the entrance to the Rondout Creek was a wooden one built in 1837. It was replaced by a second lighthouse, made of sturdier bluestone, in 1867. The bluestone lighthouse was abandoned after 1915 and torn down in the 1950s. Only its circular stone foundation remains today.[5]

The current lighthouse was built in 1915, replacing the earlier 1867 lighthouse. In 1954 the light was automated and the building closed.[5] The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act provides for the Coast Guard to declare some lighthouses surplus, and for their ownership to be transferred to historical, non-profit or local government entities following an application process and review. Nine lighthouses were identified in the fall of 2001 as part of a pilot program to transfer such lighthouses. Rondout Light was one of those nine.[6] Rondout Light was transferred from the Coast Guard to the City of Kingston in 2002.[7] It is currently managed by the non-profit Hudson River Maritime Museum.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[4][8]


  1. ^ a b c Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 318.
  2. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-12-24). "Lighthouses of the United States: Downstate New York". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Rondout Lighthouse", Hudson River Maritime Museum
  6. ^ NHLPA 2001 Transfer Pilot Program
  7. ^ Hudson Lights
  8. ^ Elise Marie Barry (February 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Kingston/Rondout 2 Lighthouse". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-03-20. See also: "Accompanying two photos".