Saugerties Light

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Saugerties Lighthouse
Saugerties Lighthouse.jpg
Saugerties Light is located in New York
Saugerties Light
LocationHudson River at Esopus Creek, Saugerties, New York
Coordinates42°4′19.53″N 73°55′46.72″W / 42.0720917°N 73.9296444°W / 42.0720917; -73.9296444Coordinates: 42°4′19.53″N 73°55′46.72″W / 42.0720917°N 73.9296444°W / 42.0720917; -73.9296444
Year first constructed1869
Year first lit1869
FoundationGranite Block Crib
Tower shapeSquare
Markings / patternNatural w/ Black Lantern
Tower height46 feet (14 m)
Focal height42 feet (13 m)
Original lensSixth Order Fresnel lens
Range5 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicOcculting White 4 seconds (Oc W 4s)
Admiralty numberJ1140.12
ARLHS numberUSA-739 [1]
USCG number1-38375 [2]
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Saugerties Lighthouse
Architectural styleItalianate
MPSHudson River Lighthouses TR
NRHP reference #79001642
Added to NRHPMay 29, 1979[3]

Saugerties Light, known also as the Saugerties Lighthouse, is a lighthouse on the Hudson River north of Saugerties, New York.


When it was built in 1869, it replaced the earlier 1838 lighthouse. Its Coast Guard service was ended in 1954.[4] It is currently managed by the non-profit Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy which purchased the lighthouse in 1986 and has restored it. The conservancy manages the nature trail leading to the lighthouse, offers two bed and breakfast rooms and public tours. A small museum displays artifacts of the original lighthouse and the restoration efforts, as well as the history of the Saugerties waterfront.

The lighthouse keeper of 1835 was Abraham Persons. He was paid $350 for the year.[5]

US Coast Guard photo

The US Coast Guard has identified Saugerties Light as one of its Historic Light Stations in New York.[6][7]

Saugerties Light is shown on the NOAA Chart 12347.[8]


The Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Saugerties Light[9] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Saugerties Light is listed on the National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program list of lighthouses to visit,[10] and as one of New York's Historic Light Stations.[11]


  1. ^ ARLHS World List of Lights
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  4. ^ Hudson Lights
  5. ^ Official Register of the United States, United States Civil Service Commission, 1835, pg 65
  6. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  7. ^ Coast Guard list of assets
  8. ^ NOAA Chart 12347
  9. ^ Smithsonian lighthouse postcards Archived 2010-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program's list of lighthouses to visit
  11. ^ National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program's inventory of historic light stations


  • DeWire, Elinor, "Saugerties Lighthouse." Mariners Weather Log (Spring 1994).

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Media related to Saugerties lighthouse at Wikimedia Commons