Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
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The Sodus Bay Lighthouse, which sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Ontario in the Village of Sodus Point, New York, was built in 1870 and first lit in 1871. This limestone and frame lighthouse replaced an 1825 light tower and keeper's home which had deteriorated badly; the locations of these original structures are demarcated on the four-acre site.
The lighthouse has been operated by the Sodus Bay Historical Society as a local
history and maritime museum since 1985. Exhibitions include lighthouse tools,
Fresnel lenses, maritime artifacts, ship models, boats, railroads and trolleys,
and a commemoration of the War of 1812 Battle of Sodus Point.
Visitors can climb the 52 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower for panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Sodus Bay, enjoy strolling through beautiful gardens all season long, and shop for unique gifts in the museum store. The grounds are available to rent for wedding ceremonies.
The museum hosts a “History Alive!” lecture series and an annual “Fun Science” program for students. The multiday “Independence Extravaganza” in July includes a Pancake Breakfast on the Bluff, an Art and Craft Show, a Classic Car Parade, a 5-K Run, and fireworks. The Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse begins on the Fourth of July and continues every Sunday through Labor Day. These 10 free concerts on the lawn include all types of music—from steel drums to big band, country-western to Celtic.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, seasonally from May through October. Between June and August, there are extended summer hours from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.