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Oak Orchard Light Joins Seaway Trail

By Timothy Harrison


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Oak Orchard Lighthouse.
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The full scale replica of the long lost Oak Orchard Lighthouse in Point Breeze (Kent), New York is now officially part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Since the lighthouse replica was completed in June of last year, it is estimated that as many as 2,000 people or more have visited the lighthouse. Because of the official recognition, it is expected that many more people will be drawn to the lighthouse.

There is currently an exhibit in the base of the tower, but supporters’ hope to eventually open a museum to preserve and interpret the maritime history of the lighthouse and the surrounding area. The original Oak Orchard Lighthouse was destroyed in 1916.

Additionally, the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Reconstruction Project has been awarded the 2010 Project of the Year Award for Historical Restoration Preservation in the less than $5 million category. The award was given by the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association, which has 67 chapters throughout North America.

To learn more about the lighthouse, go to www.OakOrchardLighthouse.org. To learn more about the Seaway Trail, go to www.SeawayTrail.com/lighthouse.

This story appeared in the Mar/Apr 2011 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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