Some of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world can be found in America, from the shores of Mississippi to the coasts of California and Michigan. There are, however, some impressive ones to be seen right here in the Hudson Valley! The seven lighthouses that exist today along the Hudson River are a tribute to the preservation groups that have worked long and hard in restoring and preserving these maritime treasures. If you are a looking for a fun reason to book a getaway, plan your vacation around a lighthouse tour this summer!
There is some rich history behind many lighthouses – once essential for safety and navigation. Although some still serve as navigation lights in some areas today, lighthouses now catch our attention for their classic beauty. Here are eight worth checking out right here on the Hudson River:
Hudson Athens Lighthouse – built in 1874 and located in the middle of the Hudson River between the village of Athens and the city of Hudson. It was built to guide ships safely down the Hudson River and is still in service to this day.
Tarrytown Lighthouse – also known as the Sleepy Hollow Light, this lighthouse was erected in the 1880s and in 1979 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Saugerties Lighthouse – just north of Saugerties, NY, and built in 1869, this lighthouse is a landmark beacon on the Hudson River.
Rondout Lighthouse – located on the west side of the Hudson River at Kingston, New York, this lighthouse is a two-story building built in 1837. It is only accessible by boat and guided tours are offered seasonally.
Esopus Lighthouse – nicknamed the “Maid of the Meadows,” this lighthouse is still active on the Hudson River. It was completed in 1871 and used to warn mariners of the mud flats known as the Esopus Meadows located off the western shore of the river.
Stony Point Lighthouse – built in 1826, this is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. It is located at the Stony Point Battlefield in Stony Point, New York. Though de-commissioned in 1925, it stands as a historical reminder of the importance of lighthouses on the Hudson River.
Execution Rocks Lighthouse – located in the middle of Long Island Sound on the border between New Rochelle and Sands Point, New York, this lighthouse 55-feet tall and flashes every ten seconds.
Whether you are a history buff or not, all ages will enjoy seeing these structures – many are beautifully restored and true landmarks worth seeing in person. The Hudson Valley has so much history – we can guide you to so many amazing things to do and see. Book your next getaway online today and contact us anytime if you have questions or need assistance in planning your vacation to the Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast.