Teresa Farrell 2017-04-05 01:46:31
The second floor houses the Lighthouse Cottage, where the keepers used to live. It is now open to the public for use as a vacation rental throughout the summer. Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse is one of the highlights of Golden Hill State Park, and a visit here will be long remembered by the entire family. The sixty-foot-tall lighthouse was constructed in 1875 after a series of ships met their demise off the point on the rocky shoals and sandbars of this section of Lake Ontario. The first was the ship of French explorer LaSalle, which met its demise in 1678. About a century later, in 1780, a Halloween blizzard send the H.M.S. Ontario, along with 88 passengers and an estimated miltary payroll of around $15,000 in silver and gold plummeting to the icy depths of the lake. The wreck of the Ontario was discovered in 2008, in water 500 feet deep, remarkably well-preserved in the lake’s cold waters. As a war grave considered property of the British Admiralty, the ship will remain undisturbed. In 1817, the merchant ship Mary was lost here as well. By 1872, it was suggested that a lighthouse be constructed at this point to ensure the safety of passing ships. Using a Fresnel lens, one of the most significant lighthouse innovations of its time, the kerosene lantern light thrown off by Thirty Mile Point reached 600,000 candlepower and could been seen from 18 miles away, making it the most powerful on Lake Ontario. It remained operational for over 80 years, during which time a series of light keepers worked hard to keep the light on, followed by a time under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard, which constructed the fog house that is still on the property today. Decommissioned in 1958, Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse spent nearly thirty years idle before being turned over to the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 1984. It was quickly added to both the National and New York State Registry of Historic Places. Another ten years passed before a grant allowed volunteers to begin restorative work on the lighthouse. With a new roof, generator, windows, paint, floors, and electrical and lighting systems, today the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse is as good as new. Visitors can take a walking tour of the grounds and a guided tour of the lighthouse, winding up the spiral staircase to the upper deck balcony for unparalleled views of Lake Ontario. The outbuildings include a barn, a coal storage area and workshop, a well and pump, an outhouse and storage facility, as well as the foghorn building, which was later transitioned into a visitors center. The second floor houses the Lighthouse Cottage, where the keepers used to live. It is now open to the public for use as a vacation rental throughout the summer. With a private entrance, three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom, the cottage overlooks the lake and the grounds. The antique furnishings afford the opportunity to pretend— if only for a night—that you’ve stepped back in time to take control of this historic lighthouse. For more information, please visit parks.ny.gov/parks/GoldenHill Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse. Photo credit: Brumbaugh Photos. Golden Hill State Park. Photo credit: John Rozell, OPRHP. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Photo credit: Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. BUFFALO AND NIAGARA REGION A Attractions B Boating F Food/Dining L Lodging P Partner S Shopping Anchor Marina/EZ Dock L 1501 Ferry Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 716-773-7063 www.anchormarina.com Bayside Guest House L 1572 Lockport Olcott Rd. Olcott NY 14126 716-778-7767 Black Willow Winery S 5565 W. Lake Rd., Burt, NY 14028 716-439-1982 www.blackwillowwinery.com Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens A 2655 South Park Ave. Buffalo, NY 14127 716-827-1584 =www.buffalogardens.com Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park A One Naval Park Cove Buffalo, NY 14202 716-847-1773 www.buffalonavalpark.org The Buffalo History Museum A One Museum Court, Buffalo NY 14216 716-873-9644 www.buffalohistory.org Fantasy Island A 2400 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island, NY 14072 716-773-7591 Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate A 6472 Old Lake Shore Rd., Derby, NY 14047 716-886-036 www.graycliffestate.org Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum A 180 Thompson St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 716-693-1885 www.carrouselmuseum.org Lakeside Farm Market S 1630 Lake Rd., Youngstown, NY 14174 716-791-4746 Maid of the Mist Corporation A 151 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14303 716-284-8897 www.maidofthemist.com Niagara Falls State Park A 332 Prospect St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303 716-278-1796 www.niagarafallsstatepark.com Niagara Power Vista A 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston, NY 14092 866-NYPA-FUN www.nypa.gov Olcott Beach Carousel Park A 5979 Main St., Olcott, NY 14126 716-778-7066 www.olcottbeachcarouselpark.org Old Fort Niagara A Fort Niagara State Park Youngstown, NY 14174 716-745-7611 www.oldfortniagara.org Schulze Vineyards & Winery S 2090 Coomer Rd. Burt, NY 14028 716-778-8090 www.schulzewines.com The campground at Four Mile Creek State Park. Photo credit: John Farrell.
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