Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Fort Hancock, New Jersey
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Updated in April 2011
Name: Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Nearest City: Fort Hancock, New Jersey
Location: Near the tip of Sandy Hook, marking the entrance to New York Harbor.
Body of water: Sandy Hook Bay & Atlantic Ocean
Style of lighthouse:
Lens & Location: 3rd Order Fresnel Lens is in the lantern room
Other Lens:
Lighthouse Website:
Groups to join: New Jersey Lighthouse Society
Owned by: National Park Service part of the Gateway National Recreation Area
Managed by:
National Register of Historic Places: Since October 15, 1966
National Historical Landmark: Since January 29, 1964
Do the grounds have lodging: No
Web Cams: No
On a license plate: No
On a USPS Stamp: Yes, in 1990 on a .25¢
Haunted: No
Other Lighthouse Information:
The Sandy Hook lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States and was the 5th lighthouse to be built in America. When it was built it stood 500 feet from the tip of Sandy Hook. Today, due to growth caused by littoral drift, it's around 1 ½ miles inland from the tip. Traveling here during the summer months is much more difficult. The shore beaches create traffic and fill up the parking lots early in the day. Then there is a parking toll to get to the lighthouse and beaches on the hook. Many New Jersey lighthouses, including this one, take part in the annual NJ Lighthouse Challenge. Then for this fall weekend one can climb it at night.

The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
We live only a few miles from the Sandy Hook Peninsula and have visited the lighthouse several times. On May 12, 2007 we met my parents at the lighthouse and we climbed the lighthouse with my Dad during the tour. On January 21, 2011 right after another snow storm stopped we had blue skies and I went right to the Sandy Hook lighthouse. I was out photographing for 3 ½ hours in the wind. It was very beautiful with the snow still in the trees.
Photographed it: over 20 times, the last visit was on January 21, 2011

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Latitude: 40.46172 Longitude: -74.00204

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Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Photo taken on November 13, 2005
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Photo taken on January 21, 2011
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Photo taken on April 9, 2005
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Photo taken on April 9, 2005
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Photo taken on March 23, 2003
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