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Saugerties Light
Saugerties, New York

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General Information
Date Established: 1836
Date Present Tower Built: 1869
Date Automated: 1954
Height of Tower: 46 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 42 ft.


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Open to Public?: Yes, now serves as a B&B

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The Saugerties Lighthouse stands in the Hudson River just north of the mouth of Esopus Creek. The first light was built in 1836 but had to be replaced in 1869 because damage to the first light by ice floes on the river.

The new light has a much more substantial foundation and was in service until 1954 when it was automated, closed up and left to deteriorate at the hands of vandals and the elements. When plans were announced by the USCG to demolish the lighthouse the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy was formed and petitioned to become custodians of the light, which they have since carefully restored. The light, reached by a 1/2 mile walk through the Ruth Reynolds Glunt Nature Preserve, can be visited or visitors can stay at the light as a B&B. The lighthouse can also be visited by those with a boat by water.

Submitted by: lighthousephoto Date of last review: Tue Oct 13, 2009 Views: 2791

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Joined: 13 Oct 2009
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue Oct 13, 2009 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 10 

Pros: Easy access
Cons: Can't think of any unless you need your hairdryer.

We spent a night in Saugerties Lighthouse and I must say it was a wonderful experience. The only problem you may have when you book your room is the wait. The light is booked almost solid for the next year winter and summer. The best thing is to keep a eye on their reservations calendar and hope you get a cancellation,thats how we got ours.
The lighthouse is in wonderful shape with millions of dollars having been spent restoring it to its past glory. The fridge was a GE from the 30s and the stove was from the 20s. You have access to the entire lighthouse with the exception of the innkeepers quarters. It is great to sit by the light and watch the still busy Hudson River boats ply there goods.
There are 2 rooms in the lighthouse one facing the river and one the land. They are plain rooms with no bathroom or TV. The bathroom is downstairs (the bedrooms are upstairs) and is a composting toilet which you clean with a water wand afterwards. There is also a bath with a shower in the bathroom as well.
The breakfast was good although nothing spectacular eggs,bacon, sausages,blueberry waffles and fresh locally grown organic fruit. The innkeeper (Patrick) was adequate and was friendly enough when you saw him.
Probably the best part about the visit was the first time you took that 1/2 mile walk into the lighthouse and it suddenly appears out of the rushes.
We paid $165 a night but I heard that it had gone up to $200, still well worth it.
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