For the safety of all, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 season at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. The museum will not be open to the public this year, and all events scheduled to be held at the museum will be canceled or rescheduled to the 2021 season.
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).
After many months, our WeatherBug camera is back up and running! You can now see a live picture of Lake Ontario and the Sodus Bay Pier. The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is part of Earth Networks, which operates the world's largest hyperlocal weather network. Many thanks to Cathy Contant and Earth Networks for getting us back online and for WHEC in Rochester for sponsoring the Sodus Bay Lighthouse as a WeatherBug site! CLICK HERE to check the weather in Sodus Point.
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.
Deborah Jeanne Sergeant recently wrote a nice article about the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum which appeared in the June 17 issue of Lancaster Farming. You can read the article online by CLICKING HERE.
According to their website, "Lancaster Farming is the leading Northeast and Mid-Atlantic farm newspaper. Every Saturday, the newspaper delivers news, market and commodity reports, and agribusiness information to more than 60,000 paid subscribers in Pennsylvania and fifteen other states. Lancaster Farming has been in continuous weekly print since 1955."
And to prove that the pen is powerful . . . We have already welcomed a family from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who came to tour the Sodus Bay Lighthouse because they read this article!
The Autumn/Winter issue of FLASH: The Magazine of the Sodus Bay Historical Society has been mailed to all current members and is available for sale online. The issue includes part two of Rosa Fox's interview with Harold Teeple about growing up on the east side of Sodus Bay, a review by Karen Shughart of Susan Peterson Gateley's book Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario, information about our preservation efforts, and an examination of Viking explorers--plus much more. Don't miss out! Become a member today to start receiving this full-color magazine.
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.