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.
2023 Staffed Hours
10am-4pm daily, May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend) through October 9 (Columbus Day)
10am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays, October 14 through December 23
There is currently no admission fee.
Parking is available nearby at the Barcelona Harbor.