The United States Lighthouse Society is a nonprofit historical and educational organization dedicated to saving and sharing the rich maritime legacy of American lighthouses and supporting lighthouse preservation throughout the nation.
Featured Lighthouse Tour
Thomas Point Shoal
Have you ever wanted to stay at a lighthouse? This is the most comprehensive list of locations across the U.S. that offer a variety of experiences.
Lighthouse Preservation Grants Program
The U.S. Lighthouse Society Preservation Grant Program is now accepting Letters of Interest for our 2022 grants. Apply by June 15, 2022
Great News! Amazon will make a donation to the U.S. Lighthouse Society when you shop with them!
Visit this section of our site specifically designed for kids. With activities and stories, it makes learning about lighthouses fun!
The US Lighthouse Society is here to help with your research needs. Including the National Archives, Library of Congress and NARA II, we can help with Consultation, Delivery and Accessibility.
Esopus Creek meets the Hudson River at the town of Saugerties, about seven miles north of Kingston and 101 miles north of New York City. In June 1834, Congress recognized the need for a lighthouse at the mouth of Esopus Creek. The existing combined lighthouse and dwelling was built on a granite pier in 1869. The light was discontinued in 1954, replaced by a small automatic light on the opposite side of the creek. The building declined into ruin in the decades that followed. In 1985, a new organization, the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy, was formed. Today, the restored Saugerties Lighthouse is furnished to look as it did in the early 1900s and offers year-round bed-and-breakfast accommodations. Patrick Landewe came to the lighthouse in 2005 as the modern-day keeper after diverse experience including the supervision of conservation projects in remote locations. In 2011, his wife, Anna Berkheiser, joined him as a co-keeper.
Passport Program & Club
The United States Lighthouse Society Passport Program is designed to generate donations for participating lighthouses in addition to being a fun and educational way to learn about lighthouses and chronicle your lighthouse adventures. Collect unique stamps from over 600 locations throughout the country. In addition, when you join our free Passport Club you will receive a special gift and periodic updates on new stamp locations and stamp hunting tips.
Learn more about the history and development of Lighthouses in America and around the world.