Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

Witness the structural beauty of a lighthouse on the Hudson River.

Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

Visit the only lighthouse on the Hudson River that consists of a wooden frame and a clapboard exterior. The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, or the Maid of the Meadow was completed in 1871.

The structure replaced an earlier lighthouse that was built in 1839. The purpose of lighthouse’s beacon was to warn ships and boats of mudflats, also known as the Esopus Meadows. These mudflats were located by the western shore of the Hudson River. Once the lighthouse became decrepit, it was restored by preservation groups. Today, the lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The lighthouse’s light tower is situated above living quarters. The light is 53 feet above the water line, casting a visible light for 12 nautical miles.

The structure utilizes a solar-powered energy system and can be visited by boat. Feel free to kayak out to the lighthouse for an exciting adventure on the Hudson River.

Wondering what else is featured inside of the lighthouse? Upon venturing inside you’ll see various rooms. These rooms include a quaint yellow kitchen, as well as a sitting room and equipment room on the first floor. On the second floor, you can see three bedrooms and one bathroom.

Looking to host your event at the lighthouse? Weddings, photo-ops and small gatherings can all be hosted at the lighthouse. Discuss with volunteer staff for more information.

During the summer season, guided tours of the lighthouse are available.

“Beautiful place! Worth kayaking to!”

—Sonia S., Google

Take Amtrak to Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

Experience this unforgettable attraction via Amtrak to Poughkeepsie Station in Hudson Valley—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

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