Charlotte Lighthouse celebrates its bicentennial

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. A local lighthouse celebrated its 200th year on Sunday. The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse on Lake Ontario was built in 1822 to help guide ships into port carrying goods for Rochester and the surrounding communities.

To celebrate, free tours of the lighthouse and museum were given. There was also free music, speeches from local officials and two birthday cakes.

“This wasn’t the only lighthouse here at the time, and today there are two lighthouses too. One at the end of the pier, and there’s our beautiful antique one here. It’s a national monument that we have here and we’re so proud of that,” said Fred Amato, President of Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society.

Everyone involved in the Lighthouse Historical Society are volunteers, and they are excited to share its beauty with the Rochester community.