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.

Part-time Position Available at the Lighthouse! April 06 2015, 0 Comments

Who Said Working for a Historical Society Is Boring?

Join Us and Have Fun This Summer!  The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum has a part-time position available for the 2015 season!

After three years as our Visitor Support Specialist, Ali Duncan has moved to Florida.  (Yes, she missed our brutal winter!)  We wish her all the best and hope she will visit Sodus Point soon.

As a result, we now have a part-time position open at the museum, and we need your help filling it!  If you or someone you know would love to work at our beautiful museum, greeting members and visitors, helping to run our gift shop, giving tours about Sodus Bay history, and coordinating events, contact Joe O'Toole by telephone at (315) 483-4936 or by e-mail to

We are planning to fill this position in April, since the museum season begins May 1st, so time is of the essence.  Feel free to share this information with anyone you know! Thanks for your help.  We hope to see you at the lighthouse soon!

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.)

September Newsletter! September 21 2014, 0 Comments

Our September 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.


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!

Juneteenth Article June 17 2014, 0 Comments

What does the Town of Sodus have to do with a state holiday in Texas?  Check out our newest historical article about our local connection to Juneteenth to find out. 

Click on the "History" tab at the top of our website, then select "Juneteenth" to read all about it!

Father's Day Special--Sunday, June 15 June 14 2014, 0 Comments

Father's Day is upon us!  What should you give Dad on his special day?  A visit to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, of course! 

All fathers who visit the museum on Sunday, June 15, will receive a free sticker or postcard (up to $1.00 value) with paid admission.  Fathers who are Sodus Bay Historical Society members receive FREE admission AND a sticker or postcard! 

Dad would love to see and hear the history of the lighthouse and Sodus Bay area--then maybe have a beer or snack at one of our great waterfront restaurants.  This is much better than a tie!

June Newsletter! June 03 2014, 0 Comments

Our June 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.)

Our New Website! May 01 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to the new Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum website!  Our communications committee has worked very hard for several months to develop our new look and a website with new features.  Special thanks go to Maxine Appleby, Matt Clingerman, Janine Fogarty, Betty Ingerson, Joe O'Toole, Shelley Usiatynski, and Chuck Willette.

You can now join us as a new member, renew your existing membership, or make a donation online!  You can also shop for clothing, books, maps, and souvenirs in our museum gift shop; they all make great gifts!

We have tried to organize the site so it is easier for you to find the information you need, if you're planning a visit to our beautiful lighthouse, if you want to attend one of our events (such as our ever-popular Summer Concert Series), or if you want to say "I do" while having your wedding in our lighthouse gardens.

We will be adding more content to the site over time, so be sure to check back regularly.  We also welcome your comments.

Thanks for visiting our new website.  We hope you enjoy it and we hope you can visit the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum soon!