Village of Saugerties on 10 coolest list
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The community is lauded by
Budget Travel magazine.

By Ariel Zangla
Freeman staff

The Village of Saugerties is one cool place. The community recently was named one of this years 10
coolest small towns in America by Arthur Frommers Budget Travel magazine.This is the third year the magazine has searched the United States to find the coolest small, up-and-coming
communities. I think thats great,Saugerties Mayor Robert Yerick said of the villages recognition. He said the village is doing so many
things we get so many compliments.As far as Im concerned, its the place to be,Yerick said of
Saugerties, which is known for its antique shops, restaurants and walkable business district.The mayor said the community is wonderful in terms of climate and relaxation
opportunities and has good schools, more churches than bars, a low crime rate and new
business still moving in.Yerick said the Village also is involved in many activities from making road and lighting improvements to hosting events such as the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival and
Mum Festival. He said the village also has excellenteateries and bed-and breakfasts.




The first lighthouse in Saugerties was built in 1838 with funds appropriated by Congress. Five whale oil lamps with parabolic reflectors lighted it. The present lighthouse was built in 1869. It sits on a massive circular stone base sixty feet in diameter. The six-order Fresnel lens lights the harbor to direct river traffic when Saugerties was a major port with daily passenger boats to Manhattan and ferries to Tivoli. Automation of the light in 1954 made light keepers obsolete. The building was closed by the Coast Guard and fell into decay. Local historian Ruth Reynolds Glunt, and architect Elise Barry, succeeded in placing the Lighthouse on the National Register in 1978. This stimulated local citizens to restore the building. In 1986 the newly formed Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy acquired the Lighthouse and the adjacent wetlands. After extensive fundraising and restoration work the building was completely reconstructed. After 36 years the light was restored to operation on August 4, 1990. The Saugerties Lighthouse is open weekends and holidays, Memorial Day through Columbus Day, 2:00 to 5:00pm and by appointment. It contains a museum, a caretaker's apartment, two bedrooms and a living room. Models, displays of the reconstruction work, and Lighthouse artifacts are displayed in the building. For information, contact the Lighthouse Conservancy (845) 247-0656.