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Open on Columbus Day! September 26 2018, 0 Comments

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum will be open on Columbus Day (Monday, October 8) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Visitors who mention the "Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria" will receive a free gift with paid admission ($5/Adults; $2.50/Students K-12; Free for Preschool Children and Sodus Bay Historical Society Members).


Getting Ready for the 2018 Season! January 16 2018, 0 Comments

It is COLD and SNOWY, but we're already thinking of SUMMER here at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  Our concert season is set; our Independence Extravaganza will span six days this year; our 5-K Registration will be active soon; we'll be hosting new members-only events throughout the year; and we're putting together another great line-up of presenters for our "History Alive!" lecture series. 

Check back often to see updates to our Events Calendar.  Meanwhile, you can still shop online for all items in our Museum Store.  Orders are shipped weekly by US Mail. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum during our 2018 season, which begins Tuesday, May 1.


Opening Day at the Lighthouse and May Events April 30 2016, 1 Comment

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, located at 7606 North Ontario Street in Sodus Point, is opening for its 32nd season at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 1.   

Built in 1870, the beautiful, historic lighthouse was used to guide ships on Lake Ontario to safe harbor in Sodus Bay.  Use of the light was discontinued in 1901, having been made redundant by an outer light on the bay’s west pier.  The building now houses a museum, operated by the Sodus Bay Historical Society.  Exhibitions focus on local and maritime history and include displays about lighthouse keepers’ tools, railroads and trolleys, the Erie Canal, and the War of 1812.    

Visitors can stroll through gardens on the bluff overlooking Lake Ontario, shop in the museum’s store, and climb the 52-step spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse tower for breathtaking, panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Sodus Point.   

The museum has planned many exciting events for 2016, including several in May:  

Thank You, Mom!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, all mothers visiting the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on Sunday, May 8, will receive a free gift with paid admission.  

United Way Day of Caring:  "And So It Grows!" 

This year, the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is participating in the United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, May 12.  This national program emphasizes the benefits of volunteering in communities across the country.  Projects for the day include cleaning out and mulching garden beds, painting, staining, and cleaning.  To sign up and help us maintain our beautiful lighthouse, call Noreen at (315) 483-0775.

"History Alive!" Presentation:  "Churches of Sodus and Huron"

The museum’s “History Alive!” Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sodus Point Village Hall (8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point).  Loreen Jorgensen will present “Churches of Sodus and Huron.”  How many churches are there in the Town of Huron?  Where is the oldest church in the Town of Sodus?  Which denomination is the most prevalent in these two Wayne County towns?  Find out fascinating facts about the buildings that have served as spiritual centers around the Sodus Bay area and the people involved with them throughout history.  This free program is made possible by our generous Lighthouse Events Sponsors.  

Memorial Day & Blue Star Museums Program

The Museum will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30).  All visitors wearing red, white, and blue will receive a free postcard with admission.  This is also the start the Blue Star Museums program, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Active-duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission at hundreds of museums around the United States, including the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  This program runs until Labor Day.  

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students (grades K-12).  Preschool children and Sodus Bay Historical Society members are free.    For more information, including a full list of upcoming events for 2016, click on our "Events" tab at the top of this page or call (315) 483-4936.


STARLIGHT ORCHESTRA: THE FINAL CONCERT OF THE SEASON! September 06 2015, 0 Comments

STARLIGHT ORCHESTRA

Join us Sunday, September 6, for the final concert of our 2015 Summer Concert season.  Starlight Orchestra will be playing all your Big Band favorites (Miller, Dorsey, Goodman, Barnett, Ellington) with great vocal and instrumental soloists.  This is one of the premier big bands in Western New York!

This FREE concert begins at 2 p.m.  Refreshments are available.  Bring your own seating.  Additional parking is available on Bay Street, across from the Sodus Point Fire Department with shuttle bus service to the lighthouse.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Many thanks to our 2015 Lighthouse Events Sponsors for making this concert possible.


Enjoy Breakfast at Hots Point and Help the Lighthouse! September 05 2015, 0 Comments

Enjoy a delicious breakfast from Hots Point this Labor Day weekend and support the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum! Friday, September 4, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, 7-10:30 a.m.

We are so excited to work with Hots Point on this fund-raiser. You can choose from 6 different breakfast meals, Hots Point will donate $1 of every breakfast meal to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. Hots Point is located at 8482 Greig Street, Sodus Point, NY. To see the breakfast menu CLICK HERE and HERE!

Many thanks to Hots Point for being a wonderful supporter of our lighthouse!


This Sunday--Flashback to the 1970s! July 21 2015, 0 Comments

This Sunday, revisit musical hits of the 1970s with Fever--The Wrath of Polyester, a Nik Entertainment show band.  Break out your bellbottoms, fringed vests, peace signs, and platform shoes and come to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  This FREE concert will be held from 2-4 p.m. on the lighthouse lawn, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point.  Refreshments are for sale at our concession stand.  Additional parking is available at the corner of North Ontario and Bay streets, with a free shuttle bus to drop you at the museum.  Call (315) 483-4936 for more information.


"History Alive!" This Wednesday--The Erie and Sodus Canals July 13 2015, 0 Comments

History Alive! The Canal That Never Was: The Story of the Erie and Sodus Canals

A FREE presentation by Russell Andrews

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Sodus Point Village Hall, 8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point, NY

Learn about the history of New York State's greatest engineering feat--the Erie Canal. This waterway created a worldwide market for New York's agricultural and manufactured goods, bringing an influx of wealth to upstate canal towns and making New York the Empire State. Plans were made to connect Sodus Bay to the Erie Canal, thereby creating a shipping port. Find out why this never happened.

Russell Andrews is Chair of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor


Opening Day Is Friday, May 1 April 29 2015, 0 Comments

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, located at 7606 North Ontario Street in Sodus Point, is opening for its 31st season at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1.   

Built in 1870, the beautiful, historic lighthouse was used to guide ships on Lake Ontario to safe harbor in Sodus Bay.  Use of the light was discontinued in 1901, having been made redundant by an outer light on the bay’s west pier.  The building now houses a museum, operated by the Sodus Bay Historical Society.  Exhibitions focus on local and maritime history and include displays about lighthouse keepers’ tools, railroads and trolleys, the Erie Canal, and the War of 1812.    

Visitors can stroll through gardens on the bluff overlooking Lake Ontario, shop in the museum’s store, and climb the 52-step spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse tower for breathtaking, panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Sodus Point.   

The museum has planned many exciting events for 2015, including several in May:  

Thank You, Mom!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, all mothers visiting the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on Sunday, May 10, will receive a free gift with paid admission.  

History Alive! Presentation

The museum’s “History Alive!” Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sodus Point Village Hall (8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point).  Rob Edelman will present “From Rosie the Riveter to Harriet the Happy Homemaker:  Women on Screen During and After World War II.”  Using film clips from 1940s and 1950s movies, Mr. Edelman will show how women’s roles in society changed as a result of the war.  This free program is made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities with additional support from the Lighthouse Events Sponsors.  

Memorial Day & Blue Star Museums Program

The Museum will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), which is also the start the Blue Star Museums program, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Active-duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission at hundreds of museums around the United States, including the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  This program runs until Labor Day.  

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students (grades K-12).  Preschool children and Sodus Bay Historical Society members are free.    For more information, including a full list of upcoming events for 2015, click on our "Events" tab at the top of this page or call (315) 483-4936.


December Newsletter Now Online! December 04 2014, 0 Comments

Our December Newsletter is now available electronically on our website!  Click on the "News" tab from our main menu to start enjoying it now.  (A paper copy will be mailed to Sodus Bay Historical Society members this week.)


Starlight Orchestra--Final Concert of 2014 Season! August 30 2014, 0 Comments

Join us Sunday, August 31, for the final concert of our 2014 Summer Concert season.  Starlight Orchestra will be playing all your Big Band favorites (Miller, Dorsey, Goodman, Barnett, Ellington) with great vocal and instrumental soloists.  This is one of the premier big bands in Western New York!

This FREE concert begins at 2 p.m.  Refreshments are available.  Bring your own seating.  Additional parking is available on Bay Street, across from the Sodus Point Fire Department with shuttle bus service to the lighthouse.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Many thanks to our 2014 Lighthouse Events Sponsors for making this concert possible.


NEW LOCATION FOR ANNUAL MEETING & DINNER August 19 2014, 0 Comments

If you are planning to join us for our Annual Meeting and/or our Annual Dinner, please note that due to expected inclement weather, the meeting and dinner have been moved to the Sodus Point Fire Hall, 8364 Bay Street, Sodus Point, NY.  For questions, please phone the Lighthouse Museum at (315) 483-4936.  Thanks!  We hope to see you there!


Don't Miss Our Annual Meeting & Dinner! August 09 2014, 0 Comments

The Annual Meeting of the Sodus Bay Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, August 20, at 5 p.m.  Our Annual Dinner will immediately follow the meeting at 6 p.m. 

It is sure to be a wonderful evening under a tent on our Lighthouse bluff.  The Italian dinner is being catered by Proietti's of Webster, New York.  For details or to register, click on "Events" at the top of our website, then select "Annual Meeting & Dinner." 

All are welcome to attend both our meeting (which is free) and our dinner (which costs $35).  As always, thank you for your support.  We hope to see you there!