Sodus Point in Wayne County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of 1825 Keeper's Dwelling House
Both structures were built of limestone and mortar. The dwelling house measured 34 by 20 feet and was divided into two rooms, each with a fireplace. The walls were 20 inches thick and there was a 12 by 14 foot scullery at the south end of the building. The light tower was 40 feet high with a 22 foot diameter at its base and 10½ foot diameter at its top. The wall was 3½ feet thick at the bottom.
An inspection of both structures in 1868 and again in 1869 determined that they were in poor condition and not worthy of repair. Consequently, at the July 15, 1870 session of Congress, $14,000 was appropriated to build the present lighthouse. When that was completed in 1871, the two original structures were torn down and the stone used to build a jetty out into the lake in hope that it would stop erosion. The four piles of stone you see here were brought up from the shore and were part of the original keeper's dwelling house. The beacon, located near the bank of the shore, was the sight of the light
Location. 43° 16.406′ N, 76° 59.158′ W. Marker is in Sodus Point, New York, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ontario Street and Lake Street on North Ontario Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the south lawn of the lighthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus NY 14551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Sodus Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Original Sodus Bay Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); British Raids (within shouting distance of this marker); A French Inspired Flotilla (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sodus Point Coal Trestle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cobblestone Architecture (approx. 2.1 miles away); Underground Railroad Terminus (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sodus Point.
Also see . . . Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. (Submitted on December 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on December 13, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.