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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Keeping the Light

Gateway Natl Rec Area

 

—Sandy Hook —

 
Keeping the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Keeping the Light Marker
Inscription. For more than a century, Sandy Hook Lighthouse keepers lived in isolation at the end of this windswept peninsula. In the 1890s, the U.S. Army began building massive concrete gun batteries here to defend the entrance to New York harbor. Fort Hancock was established to man the guns.

The current two-family keeper’s quarters was built in 1883 and is the fifth house to stand near this site. The keeper and his assistant climbed the spiral stairs to the lens house every day before sunset to light the lamps. Trimming the lamp wicks, cleaning soot from the lens, and carrying oil up the tower were some of their daily chores.
 
Erected by Gateway National Recreation Area.
 
Location. 40° 27.698′ N, 74° 0.114′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Hudson Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sandy Hook Light (a few steps from this marker); Lights Out! (within shouting distance of this marker); Mortar Battery
Marker in Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Marker in Fort Hancock
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fire House Number 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighting the Way (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fill’er Up! (about 300 feet away); Post Exchange (about 400 feet away); Chow Time! (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains four photographs. They include “Sandy Hook Keeper Samuel Jewell and family, around 1890”; “Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keeper Enoch G. Hand around 1936”; U.S. Coast Guardsman Chester Growcock, who turned off the Light on December 8, 1941 for wartime security; and a National Guardsman with the caption “Today the United States Coast Guard maintains the automated light and lens while the National Park Service cares for the tower.” The right side of the marker features a photo of the Lighthouse and Fort Hancock. It has the caption “During the expansion of military activities at Fort Hancock during World War II, the Light was surrounded by dozens of temporary wooden barracks.”
 
Also see . . .
Sandy Hook Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Sandy Hook Lighthouse
This lighthouse, built in 1764, is the oldest lighthouse still in use in the United States.

1. Sandy Hook Light – Fort Hancock, NJ. New Jersey Lighthouse Society website. (Submitted on September 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Sandy Hook Lighthouse, NJ. Lighthouse Friends website. (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Lighthouse in Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Lighthouse in Fort Hancock
The Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Fort Hancock are part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
1883 Lighthouse Keepers Residence image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. 1883 Lighthouse Keepers Residence
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 661 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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