Hudson-Athens Lighthouse




Photograph by Bob Taylor

Tour to Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, photograph by Bob Taylor
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 2014 are Saturday, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, and October 11th. 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, and often, Emily Brunner, who lived at the lighthouse in the 1930s and 1940s. Emily, a favorite of all visitors, relates factual stories about the life style of her father who was the light keeper, and the entire Brunner family.

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 transportation.

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Hudson Cruises at 518-348-8993 or (Toll Free) 888-764-1844. Due to an increase in fuel costs, we have had to raise our fees. The cost is $25 for adults, and $10 for children under 12 years of age. Members prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children.

On July 12th, the Athens Village Street Festival takes place and can make a great second visit for your day.

School groups are scheduled for visits in June and through early October. To request information about how your class or school can make arrangements to visit the lighthouse to complement the curriculum of your grade level please email [email protected]. Your information and request will be forwarded to the Executive Committee.

If special festivals are planned by the Village of Athens or the City of Hudson, tours other than those on the second Saturday of July, August, September and October may be offered to complement the festival activities.

The use of the Lighthouse for private and public tours and events is one of the many ways the Lighthouse Preservation Society raises money to pay for the preservation of the Lighthouse which is owned solely by the Preservation Society. Please visit the Membership page to learn how you can become a member in 2014. The lighthouse has been used for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and private parties.


Hudson Cruise Boat departs Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. &
Village of Athens Waterfront Park on the half hour beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Emily Brunner may be present to tell tales of her life as a child living on the lighthouse.
Self guided or guided tour of the interior
Souvenirs - Picnic Table - 360 degree view of Catskill Mts.,& Hudson River
Boat ride: approximately 10 minutes Tour time: approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours with about 40 minutes on the lighthouse. Optionally, visitors may take a later return boat.
$25. Adults $10. Children - Members - $15 and $5.
Reservations: Hudson Cruises 518-348-8993 or (Toll Free) 888-764-1844.
[email protected]

Tour d' Four Cruise to visit 4 Lighthouses Fall 2014 (date to be announced) First Stop: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse

A unique opportunity for a day-long cruise on the Hudson River is planned in the fall, with a date to be announced. The "Tour d' Four" Cruise will visit four of the existing lighthouses still operating along the Hudson River. Each of these lighthouses has its own special history, and is part of our rich Hudson River heritage. Once there were thirteen, but six have been demolished and are gone forever.

Passengers will enjoy a day trip that will include a continental breakfast and lunch on board the "Spirit of Hudson," tours of four lighthouses, and return trip bus transportation. The cost of the adults only trip is $150 per person and is limited to a maximum of 80 passengers. The all inclusive price includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, and admission to all lighthouses. A return to Hudson by 8:00 p.m. will allow time for dinner at one of Hudson's many fine dining establishments.

Guy Falkenheimer, owner of Hudson Cruises, has arranged the day trip as a partial benefit for the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. Captain Falkenheimer will depart his paddle wheel boat, "Spirit of Hudson" from Henry Hudson River Front Park at 7:30 a.m. for a tour of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. 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. It is the northern most of the seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River and continues today as an active aid to navigation.

A continental breakfast will be served on board enroute to the Saugerties Light. At low tide, visitors may access this lighthouse by foot. It is also used as a bed and breakfast. Our tour will coincide with the departure of the morning's guests.

After a tour of the Saugerties Light, passengers will enjoy the scenic Hudson River as they travel southbound to tour the Rondout Light. Lunch will be included as the tour continues to Esopus Meadows Lighthouse built in 1871. A lighthouse was needed on the Hudson River to warn mariners of the mud flats known as Esopus Meadows located off the western shore of the river, and it is fondly called the "Maid of the Meadows."

Passengers will return to Hudson by bus transportation departing from the Kingston Maritime Museum with an expected arrival back in Hudson by 8:00 p.m.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to share in our valley's rich maritime history. To make a reservation, please call Hudson Cruises at 518-348-8993 or (Toll Free) 888-764-1844. For more information about Hudson Cruises, or any of the other three lighthouses, visit their websites:,,, and

It is advisable to book your tour early. The tour is scheduled rain or shine and canceled only at the discretion of the boat's captain.

Additional Events:

Our May meeting will be Wednesday, May 21st, 7:00 p.m. in room 105A at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Visit our table in the exhibit area at the Hudson Children's Book Festival Saturday, May 3rd at Hudson Jr. High School.

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