Rondout Light

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Rondout Creek Leading Light
Rondout 2 Lighthouse, Kingston (Ulster County, New York).jpg
Rondout Light is located in New York
Rondout Light
Location Hudson River at Rondout Creek, Kingston, New York
Coordinates 41°55′15″N 73°57′45″W / 41.92083°N 73.96250°W / 41.92083; -73.96250Coordinates: 41°55′15″N 73°57′45″W / 41.92083°N 73.96250°W / 41.92083; -73.96250
Year first constructed 1838
Year first lit 1915 (current tower)
Automated 1954
Foundation Concrete pier with wood piles
Construction Brick
Tower shape Square tower with attached house
Markings / pattern Yellow brick with black lantern
Height 48 feet (15 m)
Focal height 54 feet (16 m)
Original lens Sixth order Fresnel lens
Current lens 9.8 inches (250 mm)
Range 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
Characteristic Flashing White, 6 secs
Fog signal Horn (removed)
Admiralty number J1139
ARLHS number USA-702
USCG number

1-38190 [1] [2] [3]

Kingston/Rondout 2 Lighthouse
Area less than one acre
Built 1915
MPS Hudson River Lighthouses TR
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 29, 1979

Rondout Light is a lighthouse on the west side of the Hudson River at Kingston, New York.


  • The official name in the Coast Guard Light List is Rondout Creek Leading Light.[1]
  • The National Register name, Kingston/Rondout 2 Lighthouse comes from its location in a series of day beacons and lights in Rondout Creek. Number 2 is the first on the right hand side.[1]
  • The USCG history site calls it Rondout Creek (Kingston) Light.[2]


The first lighthouse at the entrance to the Rondout Creek was a wooden one built in 1837. It was replaced by a second lighthouse, made of sturdier bluestone, in 1867. The bluestone lighthouse was abandoned after 1915 and torn down in the 1950s. Only its circular stone foundation remains today.[5]

The current lighthouse was built in 1915, replacing the earlier 1867 lighthouse. In 1954 the light was automated and the building closed.[5] The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act provides for the Coast Guard to declare some lighthouses surplus, and for their ownership to be transferred to historical, non-profit or local government entities following an application process and review. Nine lighthouses were identified in the fall of 2001 as part of a pilot program to transfer such lighthouses. Rondout Light was one of those nine.[6] Rondout Light was transferred from the Coast Guard to the City of Kingston in 2002.[7] It is currently managed by the non-profit Hudson River Maritime Museum.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[4][8]