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Wish we could have gotten access

We went on vacation from Iowa out to Niagara Falls & we planned on going up NY hwy 5 just to go... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
powerguy2002
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Indianola, Iowa
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Historic Lighthouse

I was looking forward to being able to go inside this lighthouse. It was closed and locked, the... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2018
HistoryLuv
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Upstate NY
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The First Natural Gas Lighthouse. Finished in 1829, the 40-foot tall Barcelona Lighthouse (Portland Harbor) was the very first natural gas lighthouse in the country. It was in Federal Lighthouse Service until 1859. At that time it became privately...more
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We went on vacation from Iowa out to Niagara Falls & we planned on going up NY hwy 5 just to go along the lake which we did & when we got to the lighthouse about noon on Sunday September 9th every thing was locked...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2018

I was looking forward to being able to go inside this lighthouse. It was closed and locked, the day after Labor Day. It is a historic stone lighthouse. We hope to be able to go back one day.

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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We actually stumbled across the lighthouse by pure chance. We were driving along the interstate & happened across it. There's a small gas statiin kiddy-corner from it & we actually stopped there first, to refuel & go to the bathroom. (Which FYI, they didn't have...More

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for the review and so glad you found the lighthouse! We've spent the last couple years getting it fixed up and opening the cottage to the public. We hope to rehabilitate the tower as well in the near future to allow ascent to...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

I didn't expect to be able to see the inside of the lighthouse as in the past it has been closed up so it was a nice surprise to be able to step inside and look up at the spiral stairs. The little museum in...More

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

So glad you stopped! We are working hard to make this piece of history available to the public. Hopefully, we'll be able to get funding to fix the structural issues and make it safe for everyone to climb to the top in the future! The...More

Reviewed August 24, 2018

This lighthouse is different than most the spiral staircase is all wood which I've never seen before. Your not allowed to climb up to the top but your allowed to step inside and look up at the staircase, it's pretty impressive. What did you want...More

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for you review! The staircase is absolutely amazing, but also part of the reason we can't currently allow ascent to the top by the public; the stair are rotten, particularly the high up ones. Because of the unique constructions, being mortared right into...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018

The historic lighthouse is well-preserved, but probably not worth more than 15 minutes of your time. The stairs are blocked off, so it's really only good for a couple of pictures. Head over to the adjacent harbor pier ... you can park your car and...More

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

Thank you for the review. You are correct in that the lighthouse is not currently ascend-able due to structural issues that we are working on. We do hope to eventually have public access to the top. Did you have an opportunity to enter the Keeper's...More

Reviewed July 29, 2018

An interesting lighthouse...the views of Lake Erie here are outstanding....worth driving out of your way for.

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for your review! We also recommend stopping on an "angry lake" day for some spectacular wave action views.

Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Right by highway Lake Erie is behind it there is a beach you can walk too. Tower closed but you can still go in bottom and look up it has wood steps going up but it is closed up

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for your review! Currently, due to structural issues with the stairs and tower, ascent is not permitted. However, we do hope to make repairs and allow public ascent in the future. Hope you return in the future to experience that.

Reviewed July 9, 2018

Not much to see but a nice local stop. There are some artifacts, pictures of local Inns, taverns. If you have the chance to go into the old light house, it has a interesting stone wall configuration. It does need some professional repair help. The...More

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for the review! The Chautauqua County Historical Society has been instrumental in creating the exhibits you saw. The tower has been through a structural engineering analysis and yes, it does need help though it's in relatively good shape for its age and that...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

You can step inside and see how the lighthouse was built but cannot climb it. The parking lot is very small but there is other parking at the marina. The lake is beautiful and very relaxing. If you like lighthouses, it is worth a stop...More

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Marla C, General Manager at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for the review! The lighthouse & cottage was in private hands for over 100 years, so parking is limited on site to the residential driveway. However, as you pointed out there is plenty of free parking next door at the public marina; there...More

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