Saugerties Light

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Saugerties Lighthouse
Saugerties Lighthouse.jpg
Saugerties Light is located in New York
Saugerties Light
Location Hudson River at Esopus Creek, Saugerties, New York
Coordinates 42°4′19.53″N 73°55′46.72″W / 42.0720917°N 73.9296444°W / 42.0720917; -73.9296444Coordinates: 42°4′19.53″N 73°55′46.72″W / 42.0720917°N 73.9296444°W / 42.0720917; -73.9296444
Year first constructed 1869
Year first lit 1869
Deactivated 1954-1990
Foundation Granite Block Crib
Construction Brick
Tower shape Square
Markings / pattern Natural w/ Black Lantern
Height 46 feet (14 m)
Focal height 42 feet (13 m)
Original lens Sixth Order Fresnel lens
Characteristic Occulting White 4 seconds (Oc W 4s)
Admiralty number J1140.12
ARLHS number USA-739 [1]
USCG number

1-38375 [2]

Saugerties Lighthouse
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Hudson River Lighthouses TR
NRHP reference # 79001642
Added to NRHP May 29, 1979[3]
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

Saugerties Light, known also as the Saugerties Lighthouse, is a lighthouse on the Hudson River north of Saugerties, New York.


When it was built in 1869, it replaced the earlier 1838 lighthouse. Its Coast Guard service was ended in 1954.[4] It is currently managed by the non-profit Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy which purchased the lighthouse in 1986 and has restored it. The conservancy manages the nature trail leading to the lighthouse, offers two bed and breakfast rooms and public tours. A small museum displays artifacts of the original lighthouse and the restoration efforts, as well as the history of the Saugerties waterfront.

The lighthouse keeper of 1835 was Abraham Persons. He was paid $350 for the year.[5]

The US Coast Guard has identified Saugerties Light as one of its Historic Light Stations in New York.[6][7]

Saugerties Light is shown on the NOAA Chart 12347.[8]


The Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Saugerties Light[9] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Saugerties Light is listed on the National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program list of lighthouses to visit,[10] and as one of New York's Historic Light Stations.[11]

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  • DeWire, Elinor, "Saugerties Lighthouse." Mariners Weather Log (Spring 1994).

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