Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lighting the Way
Gateway National Recreation Area
—Sandy Hook —
Lighting the Tower
In early days, the tower was lighted by whale oil lamps and by mirrors that reflected the lamps’ lights. Kerosene later replaced the whale oil and in the 1920s the tower was electrified. The mirrors were replaced in 1857 with the Fresnel lens still in use today.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 27.644′ N, 74° 0.117′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Gateway NRA Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock Historic District, at the north end of the parking lot southwest of the lighthouse. 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. Fire House Number 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mortar Battery Chow Time! (within shouting distance of this marker); Fill’er Up! (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeping the Light (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Handball Court (about 300 feet away); Sandy Hook Light (about 300 feet away); Lights Out! (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of many ships off lower Manhattan, with a caption of “Sandy Hook and the Highlands are visible in the distance in this early 1872 view of the New York harbor.” A series of pictures appear along the top of the marker. The first is a photo of a Fresnel lens and has a caption of “The glass prisms of the beehive-shaped Fresnel lens magnify the light into a powerful beam that can be seen for 19 miles on a clear night,” Next to this is a picture of the nearby lighthouse and the caption “The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was among the first lights built in America and today is the nation’s oldest lighthouse
Also see . . .
1. Sandy Hook Lighthouse, NJ. Lighthouse Friends website. (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Sandy Hook Light – Fort Hancock, NJ. New Jersey Lighthouse Society website. (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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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 797 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.