Tours of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are now available on the second Saturdays of July, August, September and October. Join the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society (HALPS) as it hosts visits to the eight room Hudson - Athens Lighthouse that is listed on the National Historic Register.
Tour dates for 2017 are Saturday, July 8th, August 12th, September 9th, and October 14th. Tours will depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson at 11, 12, 1 and 2. Tours depart Athens Village Riverfront Park at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.
Located in the middle of the Hudson River between the Village of Athens and the City of Hudson, the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse was built in 1874 to guide ships safely around the Middle Ground Flats. HALPS is the sole owner of the house, and is responsible for the restoration, maintenance, and preservation of the lighthouse. The lighthouse continues to be an active aid to navigation on the river.
As visitors arrive at the lighthouse, they climb the metal stairs and enter the interior of the lighthouse where they are welcomed by tour guides, a docent, or Emily Brunner herself, through video clips, will relate factual stories about life on the lighthouse in the 1930's. Emily is the daughter of Emil Brunner, the last civilian lighthouse keeper, who served as keeper from 1930 - 1949. His family lived on the lighthouse during much of the 1930s before moving to Athens.
The tour is an opportunity to learn about the important role that the Hudson River played in the development of the upper Hudson River towns, and the role that the Hudson- Athens Lighthouse plays in the safe navigation of the river.
to reserve,call Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, Events 518-348-8993 or (Toll Free) 888-764-1844.