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Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lighthouses

 
 
Lighthouses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
1. Lighthouses Marker
Inscription. Immediately after the War of 1812, there was a brisk and increased trade with Canada. In 1822, a lighthouse and two-room keeper's house were built on the bluff. In 1829, two piers were built to channel the river. A new wooden lighthouse was built at the end of the west pier in 1838, replaced by a new structure in 1854 and again by a cast iron beacon in 1880.
The lantern from the stone tower was moved to the west pier in 1881 and the lighthouse on the hill was decommissioned.
In 1902, work commenced to replace the wooden pier and catwalk with concrete. Dredging of the mouth of the Genesee River started in 1908 and continues to this day.
The original stone tower stood abandoned for the next hundred years. The original keeper's house had been replaced with a brick one in 1863. The government deemed the lighthouse as "excess property" and the structures were slated for demolition. Students from Charlotte High School saved the property with their 1965 letter-writing campaign. In 1982, the Coast Guard offered to lease the tower and keeper's house to the Charlotte community to operate as a museum.
Ownership of the property was later transferred to the County of Monroe. Volunteers restored the property and students from Edison Tech built a replica lantern for the tower.
Rochester's 1984 Sesquicentential celebration included
Eastward - Foot of Stutson Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
2. Eastward - Foot of Stutson Street
Marker is the farthest of three on the left fence.
tours of the lighthouse grounds and Tall Ships at the port. The lighthouse museum opened on May 16, 1987. The restoration merited national recognition for the historical society. Not only was the second oldest tower on the Great Lakes saved, but it was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At the end of the east pier, a lighthouse in Summerville was erected in 1902 with a fixed red lantern.
In 1931, the west pier light was automated and mounted on a red metal tower. This tower remained until 1995. It was replaced by a red and white cyndrical tower.
 
Location. 43° 14.969′ N, 77° 36.713′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Stutson Street and River Street, on the left when traveling east on Stutson Street. Click for map. Charlotte is a neighborhood of the City of Rochester. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Resort Area (here, next to this marker); Irondequoit and its Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Stutson Street Bridge (here, next to this marker); Port of the Genesee, New York (here, next to this marker); War of 1812
Northward - River Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
3. Northward - River Street
Marker is on the fence at right. Genesee River at right.
(here, next to this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (here, next to this marker); The Village of Charlotte (a few steps from this marker); Boat Building (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Rochester.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers for the 1822 Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.
 
Also see . . .  Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. (Submitted on November 8, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
<i>Old Light House at Charlotte, N.Y. Built in 1820.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
4. Old Light House at Charlotte, N.Y. Built in 1820.
<i>The Light House and Fog Horn at the Entrance to the Genesee River, Charlotte, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
5. The Light House and Fog Horn at the Entrance to the Genesee River, Charlotte, N.Y.
<i>Scene During Yacht Race, Charlotte, New York</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
6. Scene During Yacht Race, Charlotte, New York
Showing the East Pier Light.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   4, 5, 6. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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