Hudson-Athens Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1874
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1874
Year Automated: 1949
Tower Height: 30 ft.
Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 300mm
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1874
Number of Stories: 1.5
Architectural Style: 2nd Empire
Construction Materials: Brick
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Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Videos
Last Visited: October, 2005
In the late 1880's, hazards created by the Middle Ground Flats opposite the City of Hudson made navigation of the Hudson River at that point extremely risky for the busy shipping route. After much petitioning to the Congress of the United States, a survey was completed and an appropriation of $35,000.00 was approved by Congress in 1872 to build the Hudson City Lighthouse.
Construction began in early 1873 and the lighthouse was put into operation on November 14, 1874.The lighthouse was automated on November 10, 1949 almost seventy-five years to the date on which it was first lighted. Today, the lighthouse still serves as an aid to navigation, guiding ships safely around the Middle Ground Flats.
Please call 518-828-5294 to make arrangements for private tour or for information about public tours.
Nearest Address: S Washington St, Athens, NY
- From Route 87 take exit 21B in New Baltimore.
- At the end of the ramp take a left onto Route 9W.
- Follow Route 9W for about 7.5 miles, then turn left onto Schoharie Tpke (CR28).
- In 1.75 miles CR28 goes to the right. Bear right and stay on CR28.
- In just over a mile, turn left onto 2nd St.
- Follow that for about a mile to the intersection with Washington St/SR 385.
- Turn right onto SR 385. About 1/2 mile down there will be no more buildings on the left and you'll be able to see the river. There will be a turnout on the right shoulder of the road. Pull over there and you'll see the lighthouse off to the left.
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