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 2021 are Saturday, July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9th. 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, a docent, or Emily Brunner herself, through video clips, will relate factual stories about life on the lighthouse in the 1930's. Emily is the daughter of Emil Brunner, the last civilian lighthouse keeper, who served as keeper from 1930 - 1949. His family lived on the lighthouse during much of the 1930s before moving to Athens.
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 online at Hudsoncruises.com . The cost is $25 for adults, and $15 for children under 12 years of age. HALPS Member prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The lighthouse has been used for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and private parties.
Waterfront Wednesdays Back for 2021
In 2020, the Hudson Sloop Club, as well as other entities in Hudson (including HALPS) banded together to offer local residents an opportunity to experience the Hudson River and the Riverfront Park
On 6 evenings during July and August. HALPS' goal was to inform people about the lighthouse, recruit possible members or volunteers and take potential members and volunteers to the lighthouse for a modified exposure. Through support from Hudson Tourism we were able to hire Hudson Cruises' Little Spirit to make 3 evening trips. In total, over the course of the summer, approximately 140 people saw the lighthouse.
On HALPS’ final waterfront Wednesday, everyone was surprised by the appearance of Henry Best, the first light keeper who was on an eager quest for lamp oil. Having been away from the riverfront for so long, Henry was amazed at the changes. With humorous animation, Henry chatted up over 50 people. He spun whimsical stories about his keeping the light burning and engaged them in conversations that directed their gaze to the riverfront, the river and the lighthouse. He connected Hudson’s colorful history from 1874 to Hudson today. Children were mesmerized by Henry’s stories and the distinct historical appearance and everyone was delighted with his visit. Henry brought smiles, laughter and engagement to this Waterfront Wednesday. And then he disappeared. Perhaps Henry Best will appear again on the Hudson Riverfront or at HALPS’ events even when he’s not looking for lamp oil.
Waterfront Wednesdays have expanded for 2021, with new venues being added, opportunities to view, board or take a ride on several boats, partake in the offerings of the many food vendors and enjoy many cultural events from dance to drama to drumming. Hours are 5 - 7 p.m. beginning July 7th and running for 9 Wednesdays through September 1st. Most activities are free except for food and any independent vendors.
Due to Covid 19, Board meetings are being held via zoom and at different times.
Currently, there is no set schedule, but if you are interested in attending, please email us
Board of Directors
Hudson Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Board Members 2020-2021