Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Hancock’s barracks originally included barber and tailor shops, a kitchen, and a mess hall. After a few years, the army wanted more bunk space and these operations were moved to new detached mess halls built directly behind each barracks.
Fort Hancock was in operation from 1895 to 1974.
Erected by Gateway National Recreation Area. (Marker Number 39.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey - Fort Hancock Walking Tour series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 40° 27.644′ N, 74° 0.161′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Magruder Road. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fill’er Up! (within shouting distance of this marker); Handball Court (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire House Number 2 (within Lighting the Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Young Men’s Christian Association (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mortar Battery (about 300 feet away); New York Yankees vs. Hometown Sluggers (about 400 feet away); Sandy Hook Light (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. A photo on the background of the marker depicts “Thanksgiving dinner in 1943 with the 7th Coast Artillery.” A photograph of the Mess Hall appears at the upper left of the marker. It has a caption of “Built in 1905, this is how the mess hall looked in 1956.”
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.