Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum Hires Chatfield Engineers

Written By: Peg - Apr• 12•06

The Oak Orchard Lighthouse project is making great progress, with the recent hiring of Chatfield Engineers, of Greece, New York. The committee met with Chatfield and representatives of New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and Orleans County on Monday, April 10 at the Albion Visitor Center to firm up the agreement. Chatfield will engineer, design and assist with the construction of the replica lighthouse that will be built at the county-leased state owned park located at the northeast tip of Oak Orchard Harbor, in Point Breeze (Carlton) on Lake Ontario. The 501c3 not-for-profit Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum Committee anticipates the structure to be up no later than 2007. Funds are expected from grants and the continued support from the public. Successful fundraising through dinner dances, sales of lighthouse related items, donations and memberships have brought the grass-roots community project to reality.

Along with bringing more tourism to Orleans County, the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum, chartered under the New York State Education Department, will promote and preserve the rich maritime history of the area through educational programming opportunities. It is hoped the local project will tie the Erie Canal and Seaway Trail, to create a unique tourist destination. The Erie Canal and Lake Ontario are only 8.5 miles distant from each other in Orleans, with many points of interest along the way. This is the closest the Erie Canal comes to Lake Ontario in New York State, creating opportunities for the canal towns of Orleans, as well as the harbor area.

Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum Attains Not-For-Profit Status

Written By: Peg - Dec• 17•05

After nine long months of waiting to hear on their application to the IRS for Not-For-Profit status, the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum is now a 501c3 organization. With this designation, donations to the museum are now fully tax-deductible for the donor. This is a giant step for the museum, which started with a few interested people meeting in the Orleans Marine Park in the summer of 2003, to explore the possibility of rebuilding the lighthouse that once graced the entrance to Oak Orchard Harbor. The 501c3 not-for-profit status should step up fundraising, with a lighthouse at Point Breeze being constructed in the near future.

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Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum Charter is Granted

Written By: Peg - Nov• 12•04

The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York voted to grant a provisional charter to the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum on November 5th, 2004. This is great news for the community, as well as the grass-roots organization that has been working diligently on the project.

The purpose of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum is to rebuild and maintain an historically correct lighthouse and establish and maintain a collection relating to the rich maritime and local history of the area. More information will be shared at the Oak Orchard Harbor Light Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 17th. The meeting is open to the public, and starts at 7 p.m. at the Albion Visitor’s Center, 121 N. Main St., Albion. The community is welcome, and encouraged to join a committee to help with the project. The museum seeks historic memorabilia to add to its growing collection. For more information call (585) 682-4552 or visit our website at www.oakorchardlighthouse.com