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Barcelona Lighthouse - Construction

The Barcelona Lighthouse is currently under construction in multiple areas as part of our rehabilitation plan. Access to the tower is not possible. There will be several grounds areas closed to the public throughout the project. For your safety, please keep out of marked construction areas.

8234 E Lake Rd (Route 5)
Westfield, NY 14787
Latitude 42.341104
Longitude -79.594825

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 world. It was in Federal Lighthouse Service until 1859. At that time it became privately held through various owners until 2007, when New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation acquired it. Though it no longer has the original lens, nor is used for navigational purposes, it is still lit and visible today through an agreement with the Town of Westfield. The lighthouse is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places. 

*****Please note that due to the Revitalization Project beginning in 2024, some areas of the grounds and the tower base may not be open at the time of your visit. The Project is intended to rehabilitate the tower with the goal of public access to the top of the tower during the first phase of the project. 

The opportunity to make a donation to and obtain more information about the Barcelona Lighthouse Revitalization Project is available online through the Natural Heritage Trust website.

For all business with the Barcelona Harbor and beaches, please contact the Barcelona Harbormaster at 716-326-6633 or visit the Barcelona Harbor website.

The Barcelona Lighthouse participates in the US Lighthouse Society's Passport Club. While visiting during open hours, you can have your passport stamped on site. To obtain a stamp in the off-season, please send a long self-addressed, stamped envelope and the paper/card you want the stamp placed on to the address above. 

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed on the property per visitor unit. Pets are to be supervised at all times and on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in buildings (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • The grounds are open year-round for visitation.

    The Keeper's Cottage houses a small museum and gift shop which is open during staffed hours. The tower is not open to the public for ascent at this time due to interior structural safety issues. However, the base is usually open during staffed hours.

    2024 Staffed Hours

    **Please note that due to the revitalization project beginning in 2024, some areas of the grounds and the tower base may not be open at the time of your visit.

    12pm-4pm, Monday April 8, 2024 (Eclipse Day)

    10am-4pm daily, May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend) through June 30

    10am-5pm daily, July 1 through October 14 (Columbus Day)

Fees & Rates

  • Fees & Rates
  • There is currently no admission fee.

    Parking is available nearby at the Barcelona Harbor Daniel Reed Pier and in the Westfield Town parking lot located on the South-East corner of Rt. 5 (East Lake Rd) & Rt. 394 (Portage Trail).

Hunting is prohibited on the grounds, both upper and lower, of the Barcelona Lighthouse.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop * Seasonal
  • Visitor Center * Seasonal