The Saugerties Lighthouse
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The Saugerties Lighthouse is listed in every touristic brochure of the Catskill region. I have seen posters, articles, lots of photos, etc. All dedicated to this little gem in the Hudson. After several failed attempts to visit it I finally did so today! And, I learnt later, I was lucky to make it.
The first Saugerties Lighthouse was constructed in 1835. Saugerties was an important city and harbor at that time. The little lighthouse stood away from the shore atop a small pier, warning the ships fro the shallow waters around the Esopus Creek. The light was provided by whale oil lamps!
In 1867 US Congress appointed $25.000 (in current time $400.000) for the construction of a new, bigger and better facility, which was opened in 1869.
After more than 20 years of decay the structure was saved, it was added to the list of the "National Register of Historic Structures" in 1978. It took until 1990 before the heavily damaged lighthouse was restored to its former grandeur. Now it is open for an outside visit during daylight and open for tours on Sundays. It can also house guest since it is a Bed & Breakfast!
I had always assumed that the lighthouse would be located near the city center, that one could park in front of the building and look at it.
With a sun setting behind the high peaks of the Catskills, reflecting in the Hudson the atmosphere was extremely picturesque. I have to come back on a Sunday for a tour!
For more info see the website listed above and/or this nice little video.
More pictures below!