We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Historical Lighthouse

This beautiful lighthouse was built during the 1800's and is the first gas lit lighthouse in the... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
lovesfood13
,
SE Michigan
A very pleasant surprise!

We stopped off the New York Thruway to get gas. As we sat at a stop light across the street from... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Noreen M
,
Poughkeepsie, New York
Read all 31 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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. The Keeper's cottage is open in a joint partnership with the Town of Westfield Visitor Center and a seasonal weekend docent with NYS Parks. The lighthouse itself is not open to public ascent due to structural issues at this time.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good22%
  • Average35%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lady working” (2 reviews)
“new york” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
Hwy 5, Chautauqua, NY
CONTACT
Website
Write a ReviewReviews (31)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"lady working"
in 2 reviews
"new york"
in 3 reviews
"across the street"
in 2 reviews
"stone"
in 4 reviews
"pier"
in 6 reviews
"dan"
in 2 reviews
"westfield"
in 6 reviews
"thruway"
in 2 reviews
"summer"
in 3 reviews
"visitors"
in 2 reviews
"beauty"
in 2 reviews
"fishing"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 31 reviews

Reviewed 23 August 2017

This beautiful lighthouse was built during the 1800's and is the first gas lit lighthouse in the world! It was built during a time when the Indians were not happy with the citizenry of the area. Made of stone its walls are thick and have...More

2  Thank lovesfood13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We stopped off the New York Thruway to get gas. As we sat at a stop light across the street from the gas station, we saw on our right a quaint lighthouse. After gassing up the car we went to explore. There is a nice...More

1  Thank Noreen M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 July 2017

I like lighthouse,including this one. It sits close to the road,and next to it is the Barcelona Pier,where you'll see people fishing and maneuvering their boats on any given day. Behind the lighthouse is a little road leading to a few very casual restaurants where...More

Thank josiestone
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This is the first lighthouse I've ever been to. It's lovely from both the harbor view and the view next to the lightkeeper's house. The lady working in the house was very nice and helpful and seemed delighted that we had stopped in. The lighthouse...More

1  Thank Hezzy_t
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Amazing. Serene. Relaxing. Wow!! The water behind this beauty is so blue! I feel like this would be a perfect place to curl up and read a book!

1  Thank Rebecca M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Its a roadside attraction for sure. Its beautiful and interesting and a very well made and interesting lighthouse. Its easy to get to right off route 5. I love to see it every time I visit Westfield.

1  Thank Caitlin C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Lighthouse is right on highway 5. Quick turn into the boat ramp facility and it is an easy walk to the light. Nice grounds and a pleasant view.

1  Thank Billy W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I love this section of Route 5 from North East Pa to Dunkirk NY it's a nice easy relaxing drive along the Lake Erie Shoreline. While driving you will come to Barcelona Harbor where you can pull in and check out the harbor overlooking the...More

3  Thank Charlene C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We stayed right across the street from this little light house unfortunately it wasn't; open to go in but beautiful to look at.

Thank Eileen M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

You can't actually go up into the lighthouse, but the local chamber of Commerce is set up in the light keepers house. The lady working the day we stopped in was very friendly and helpful and gave us many useful pointers for things to do...More

Thank Bud16057
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 6 hotels in Chautauqua
Holiday Motel Westfield
17 reviews
.98 km away
Theater Motel
41 reviews
3.38 km away
Snow Ridge Motel
6 reviews
10.76 km away
Webbs Year Round Resort
58 reviews
14.21 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Jacks Barcelona Drive In
55 reviews
.21 km away
Mojo's Mexican Grill
9 reviews
1.15 km away
When Pigs Fly BBQ Pit
92 reviews
.27 km away
Barcelona Market Cafe
12 reviews
.12 km away
Nearby Attractions
Johnson Estate Winery
134 reviews
3.90 km away
Grape Discovery Center
67 reviews
3.46 km away
Noble Winery
55 reviews
5.76 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Barcelona Lighthouse staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit