OSWEGO, NY – The second annual Lake Ontario Central New York Lighthouse Challenge will take place this year on June 20 and 21.
The challenge is to visit seven unique New York lighthouses within two days. The official challenge route runs east from Rock Island Light to the West to Braddock Point outside of Rochester.
Participants will collect a lighthouse stamp or token at each lighthouse they visit. Special arrangements have been made to include bonus sites not usually open to the public. The lighthouses are located along the southern end of Lake Ontario and following along the Seaway Trail, a National Scenic Byway.
Those who register to take on the challenge will receive the following: an official Lighthouse Challenge booklet with information about each site and directions to and recommendations for other attractions along the way; local tourist information, and a final award. In addition, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and the Maritime Museum are offering a special admission price as part of the challenge packet.
Pre-registration packets are available until June 12 and also during the event weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego located on the West First Street Pier in Oswego The packets are $25 each.
Sites to the east of Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse will highlight Rock Island Lighthouse of Clayton, Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent, Cape Vincent Breakwater Lighthouse of Cape Vincent and Selkirk Light at Salmon River Lighthouse & Marina in Pulaski.
Travelling west of Oswego, visitors can view Braddock Point Light in Hilton, Charlotte-Genesee Light in Rochester, Rochester Harbor West Pierhead Light, Sodus Bay Light and Sodus Outer ‘Light in Sodus, and the Fair Haven Range Lights in Fair Haven.
At each stop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the essential role of lighthouses in protecting maritime vessels that plied the waters and made commerce and trade possible along this most eastern Great Lake.
“These events raise awareness for the preservation efforts going on and excite people to support their own area lighthouses. This challenge also gives enthusiasts the opportunity to see lighthouses that are not always accessible to the public,” said Jo Panayotoff, Oswego Lighthouse Challenge Committee member and longtime lighthouse enthusiast.
Anyone who wants to register for this challenge is welcome to join in the fun and visit as many sites as they wish on the list. We encourage all to explore at their own pace.
The challenge is taking place in honor of the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse’s 81st Anniversary.
In addition, an extensive restoration is under way at this Oswego icon.
The Maritime Museum recently received a Preservation Association of Central New York Award for its efforts to restore the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse and properly care for its own two historic vessels.
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is located at the end of the West First Street Pier, in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District.
For more information about the Lake Ontario CNY Lighthouse Challenge, the current restoration process or other museum activities, contact the museum at (315) 342-0480, through the website at: www.hlwmm.org, or through social media at facebook.com/hlwmm and facebook.com/oswegolh