About the
Waters Edge Lighthouse

Award Winning Restaurant

Named “Best Waterfront Dining" by Metroland & Capital Regional Living Magazines


The Waters Edge Lighthouse is the oldest existing building in Glenville, NY. It had been formerly known as The River House, Little Richard's Tavern, and for 105 years before that, it was a farmhouse privately owned by the Seeley Family.

In the early 1700s the land was owned by Johannes Van Epps, later sold to Volney Freeman, the same person who built Freeman's Bridge in 1885. Descendents of the Seeley Family, originally from Germany, have lived at the residence from 1851 - 1956. The Greek revival farmhouse dates from the 30 year period in the 19th century when Schenectady County produced a large portion of the nation's brooms. Broom corn was grown on the Mohawk River flats, cured and made into brooms by the workers who lived on the Seeley farm. Town records show that members of the Seeley family held town of Glenville offices in the years 1898 through 1909.

In 1956 Mr. and Mrs. A. George Murray purchased the Seeley farm, a 22 room house with no indoor plumbing, running water, electricity, or heat. They renovated the house room by room and eventually included Little Richard's Tavern.

Because of its unique architecture for this area, the house was registered in the State Historic Sites Survey and was nominated for the National Register of Historical Places. The house showed elements of Georgian, Federalist and Greek revival architecture. This combination implies that the house was built during a transitional period because it does not follow the Dutch style common here for those times.

And in 2005, the Popolizio Family purchased this historic building and has renovated it once again, The Waters Edge Lighthouse on the Mohawk River. We are so proud and happy that you can share in the excitement of this new restaurant and inn with us and welcome you to dine and enjoy.

We are Proud! - 9/11 Memorial

In 2007, the Popolizios made a commitment to construct a 9-11 Memorial adjacent to the restaurant The purpose was two-fold: A remembrance for all of the innocent victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and To honor their son who was returning from Iraq.

The Memorial consists of two metal beams, recovered from Ground Zero, an American Flag, also found in the rubble preserved in a glass case, and a magnificent oversize “Stars & Stripes” waving atop a 70 foot flagpole.

Our special thanks to all of our friends and patrons, who have never forgotten this tragic event; and for the tremendous public support that we have received.

It is an inspiration for all Americans and a tribute to the human spirit!

Please visit the memorial when you come to The Waters Edge Lighthouse.

"Waters Edge was an excellent, knowledgable and informative staff. Perfect timing! Food was cooked perfectly."

Scotia, NY

"Wonderful place to entertain guests from Arizona - you made a great impression - hope to bring more guests here."

Gansevoort, NY

"We are happy to recommend The Waters Edge Lighthouse to anyone looking for a wedding or banquet venue. "

Pat & Debbie Miller

"We were very pleased. I'm glad I chose the Lighthouse for my 50th birthday celebration!"

Patti and Bill

"Delicious and at an amazing value."

Schenectady, NY

"Your waitstaff was wonderful, knowledgeable and caring who maintained a supreme focus fit for royalty throughout the meal"

New York, NY

"Perfect meal, great service, wonderful time!"

Ballston Lake, NY

"This is our favorite restaurant in Schenectady!"

Jim and Audra
Schenectady, NY