Built in 1896, Braddock Point lighthouse is actually west of Braddock Point in an area known as Bogus Point. It was known as Bogus Point because it was
a drop off point for counterfeit smugglers coming across Lake Ontario from
Canada. When originally built, the 3.5 order Fresnel lens provided the
brightest light on the entire lake with a range of over 14 miles. The
original staircase was acquired from the Cleveland Lighthouse when it was
demolished in the late 19th Century. The innkeeper quarters is in the style
of the late Victorian era and is considered quite ornate for a government
The howling winds and powerful winter storms took its toll and cracks began
to appear in the magnificent tower after only a few years in service.
Eventually, most of the tower was removed and replaced with a skeleton metal
tower that was used until the early 1950¹s. In the following years, the
property was closed and neglected and was used by hunters as a duck
blind. All the windows were broken and it endured significant water damage
and was considered a haunted house by the local children.
Fortunately, the US government sold the property to private hands and over
the next 50+ years the process of restoration took place. Each of the next
(3) families that have called this home have taken on the tremendous task of
bringing Braddock Point Lighthouse back to life. Today, the innkeeper's
quarters have been completed restored back to the original government blue
prints. The tower, while not completely original- has been rebuilt as a
tribute to the original grand tower with the original staircase in tact.
The light to Braddock Point was turned back on 20 years ago and is now one
of the very few privately owned, fully functioning lighthouses in the United
States. The new owners, Don and Nandy Town have added many enhancements
while remaining true to the original vision of this historical treasure. As
experienced Bed and Breakfast owners, they have brought their expertise to
Braddock Point. In the summer as well as select times throughout the year, Braddock Point is open seasonally and on a very limited basis to guests to come and visit and stay overnight.
Be a part of history! The first 100 guests get to sign the Inauguration wall.