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

The Guns of Sandy Hook

 
 
The Guns of Sandy Hook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. The Guns of Sandy Hook Marker
Inscription. The guns and missiles are silent now, most of them gone to scrap metal. But from colonial times until 1974, a series of defenses stood on Sandy Hook to guard New York Harbor. Here, for almost fifty years, the Army tested all its guns. And for eighty years Fort Hancock was the home of a full military community – with chapel, theater, jail and school.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 27.364′ N, 74° 0.245′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Hartshorne Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to Fort Hancock 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. Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital Steward’s Quarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dead House (about 400 feet away); The Best of Care (about 500 feet away); Just Like A Small Town (about 700 feet away); Company, Attention!
Marker at Sandy Hook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Marker at Sandy Hook
(approx. 0.2 miles away); NOAA Fisheries Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Is Why It’s Called Sandy Hook! (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains a map of the upper Sandy Hook peninsula, showing “Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District.” Elsewhere on the marker are illustrations of types of guns that were placed here at various times in history, from 1776 to 1959.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Fort Hancock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Fort Hancock Marker
Nike Missiles image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Nike Missiles
Nike Missiles, like those posted at Fort Hancock during the Cold War, are on display near the marker. Pictured here are a Nike Ajax Missile (left) and a Nike Hercules Missile.
Rodman Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Rodman Gun
This 20-inch gun, developed during the Civil War, was the largest muzzle-loading gun ever made. This piece is displayed about ½ mile north of the marker.
Battery Granger image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
6. Battery Granger
This battery, located northeast of the marker, contained 10-inch rifles on "disappearing gun carriages" that could hit a battleship 8 miles out at sea.
Buildings of Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
7. Buildings of Fort Hancock
Many of the buildings that made up Fort Hancock are still standing.
Fort Hancock Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
8. Fort Hancock Historic District
The marker is located at the entrance to Fort Hancock Historic District on Sandy Point. It can be seen at the upper right of the photo, behind the sign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 955 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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