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 held through various owners until 2008, 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.
For all business with the Barcelona Harbor and beaches, please contact the Barcelona Harbormaster at 716-326-6633
The Barcelona Lighthouse participates in the US Lighthouse Society’s Passport Club. While visiting during summer 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. The opportunity to make a donation to the Natural Heritage Trust for the Barcelona Lighthouse is available both on-site and through the mail.
Barcelona Lighthouse New York
8234 E Lake Rd, Westfield, NY 14787, United States
The grounds are open year-round for visitation.
During the summer season, Memorial Day thru Labor Day, the Keeper’s Cottage houses a small museum which is open during staffed hours; 10am-4pm on weekends.
The tower is not open to the public for ascent at this time due to interior structural safety issues.
There is currently no admission fee.
Parking is available nearby at the Barcelona Harbor.
Suggested Equipment for Barcelona Lighthouse New York:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.