Welcome to the historic Braddock Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, established by the United States Lighthouse Establishment (USLHE) in 1896. This majestic treasure has been restored to its original Victorian splendor and is now open seasonally as a cozy Bed and Breakfast. Your hosts, Larissa and Casey, have been pampering guests for years at their family’s world-renowned Town Manor Bed and Breakfast in Central Florida.
Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of what it is like to stay inside of a 19th century lighthouse. You can watch the sunrise and the sunset from above the rocky shores of Lake Ontario, or you can make a short trip over to the neighboring city of Rochester, NY. You can tour the restored lighthouse tower and see the magnificent workmanship involved with bringing this spectacular structure back to its original glory. When you reach the top, you will find that Braddock Point Lighthouse is not only a beacon for lake ships, but a vantage point from which visitors can take in the breathtaking grace of the peaceful countryside.
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 building.
The howling winds and powerful winter storms took their 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 1950s. 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 U.S. government sold the property to private hands, and over the next 50+ years the process of restoration took place. Each of the next three 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 intact.
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 current 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.
As of May 2018, their daughter and son-in-law, Larissa and Casey, have begun hosting guests year-round. Braddock Point was open on a very limited basis to guests to come and visit and stay overnight only in the summer. Now guests can enjoy Braddock Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast as the seasons change.
Come join us for an unforgettable trip. We’ll keep the light on!