Sandy Hook
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Sandy Hook Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1764

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1764

Year Automated: 1965

Shape: Octagonal

Tower Height: 85   ft.

Original Optic: 18 lamps, 21" Reflector

Present Optic: 3rd Order, Fresnel

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1883
      Number of Stories: 2.5
      Architectural Style: Duplex
      Construction Materials: Wood

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Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Fort Hancock, NJ

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Sandy Hook Lighthouse

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Last Visited: October, 2001

Off the tip of Sandy Hook, NJ, is the oldest working lighthouse in the country.

It was designed and built in 1764 by Isaac Conro. The light was built to aid mariners entering the southern end of the New York harbor. It was originally called New York Lighthouse because it was funded through a New York Assembly lottery and a tax on all ships entering the Port of New York. Sandy Hook Light has endured the occupancy of British soldiers during the Revolutionary War and exposure to the elements on the end of Sandy Hook. The view of the New York skyline from the bridge crossing into the Hook illustrates the importance this light played in the history of New York harbor.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse is part of Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, NJ. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was restored in Spring 2000

Source: Town of Monmouth

The lighthouse is open for tours on weekends during May, June and July, and the grounds are open daily.

Latitude/Longitude: 40.461713,-74.002075

Nearest Address: Hartshorne Dr, Highlands, NJ

  • From the Garden State Parkway northbound take exit 117.
  • Get on Route 36 and follow it about 12 miles until you get to the ocean.
  • Once you go over the drawbridge take the exit for Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area.
  • Take that road north for 4 miles to Sandy Hook.
  • At the north end of Sandy Hook enter the Fort Hancock Historic District.
  • Bear right onto Magruder Road and follow it to the lighthouse.

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