The painting of the lighthouse is one of four projects to have received funding from the 2016 grant award as is part of the City’s comprehensive waterfront revitalization plan. The Oswego Lighthouse is owned by the City of Oswego and leased by the H. Lee White Maritime Museum. A group of volunteers in 2010 formed the Lighthouse Development Committee and have renovated the interior of the lighthouse. The H. Lee White Maritime Museum now offers public tours of the lighthouse including a boat ride across the Oswego Harbor in an effort to promote the lighthouse and the recent work done by the committee of volunteers.
“I am proud to allocate $75,000 in funding to supplement the enormous amount of effort given by the volunteer members of the Oswego Lighthouse Development Committee and the work done by the H. Lee White Maritime Museum to paint the exterior of our lighthouse and restore it to proper condition,” said Mayor Billy Barlow. “The Oswego light house is an iconic monument and is symbolic to the City of Oswego. Oswego residents take pride in our lighthouse and we owe it to our entire community to preserve this treasure the best we can so we can continue to promote and capitalize on this very unique asset in our harbor,” Barlow continued. “We are committed to truly reviving our waterfront and the historic Oswego Lighthouse is an important component to our comprehensive waterfront revitalization plan.”
Executive Director of the H. Lee White Maritime Museum Mercedes Niess said “we are honored to serve as the stewards of the Oswego Lighthouse. This has been an exciting endeavor to care for this historic structure which serves as a beacon of our community and we hope to help maintain it for years to come. We appreciate the recent support and allocation from Mayor Billy Barlow and the City of Oswego and it will certainly go a long way to ensure we maintain our current momentum with our restoration efforts. It is encouraging to know the City recognizes how important the Oswego light house is to our community.”
The Oswego Lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 and in 2010 the Oswego Lighthouse Development Committee was created to begin formulating and executing a plan to restore and renovate the lighthouse for tourism opportunities. Public tours of the lighthouse are available for $20 per person including a boat ride to the lighthouse and free admission to the Maritime Museum with proceeds from the tours going towards the restoration efforts. Tours are available Friday and Saturday’s from 1:30pm – 4:00pm through the H. Lee White Maritime Museum and can be purchased at the museum. The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is located at 1 West First Street in Oswego and can be reached at 315-342-0480 or www.hlwmm.org .