Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 162 – Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Hudson River Maritime Museum/Rondout Lighthouse, NY

Located on the historic waterfront of Rondout, New York, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1979 and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. The museum’s collections include historic vessels, objects, archival material, and art related to Hudson River transportation, industries, and recreation, with paintings, prints, photographs, artifacts, ship models, boats, and more.

The Hudson River Maritime Museum, New York. (Courtesy of HRMM)

Of the dozens of lighthouses and smaller lights that once dotted the Hudson River, only seven remain. Rondout Lighthouse, located at the confluence of the Hudson River and Rondout Creek, was established in 1838. The present lighthouse building, still fully operational as a navigational light, was completed in 1915.

Rondout Lighthouse, New York. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.
Sarah Wassberg Johnson

Rondout Lighthouse is owned by the City of Kingston and operated by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and guided tours of the lighthouse are available seasonally.

Sarah Wassberg Johnson is the director of exhibits and outreach at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. She was also the co-author of the book Hudson River Lighthouses, published in 2019.

Together with filmmaker Jeff Mertz of Moonbow Imaging, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is creating a feature-length documentary film, Seven Sentinels: Lighthouses of the Hudson River. Here is the trailer for the film:

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