Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Gateway National Recreation Area
—Sandy Hook Unit —
Beyond its well-known beaches, sand dunes and salt marshes extend to Sandy Hook Bay. These coastal environments support and array of wildlife, including more than 300 species of migratory and native birds. Offshore, dozens of fish species and other aquatic life thrive in these waters.
Sandy Hook has history, too. Its lighthouse, the oldest in the nation, has guided shipping since 1764. Forts here protected New York Harbor for two centuries. Explore Fort Hancock and discover Sandy Hook’s role in navigation and the defense of our nation.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 25.615′ N, 73° 59.058′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Hartshorne Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spermaceti Cove Station No. 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Nike Missile Site (approx. half a mile away); British Embarkation (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named British Embarkation (approx. 1˝ miles away); A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution (approx. 1.6 miles away); H.M.S. Assistance Tragedy Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Captain Joshua Huddy — Prisoner of War (approx. 1.6 miles away); Longshore Sediment Movement (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a map of Sandy Hook, indicating the location of the marker at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center, and other sights such as Fort Hancock, the lighthouse, and the Sandy Hook Proving Ground. The left of the marker contains a series of photographs. The first depicts the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and has a caption of “Historic resources abound in and around Fort Hancock – from the 1764 Sandy Hook Lighthouse to 1890s Endicott fortification to the remains of the Sandy Hook Proving Ground.”
Also see . . .
1. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Sandy Hook Lighthouse, NJ. Lighthouse Friends website. (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Natural Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.