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Name: Sandy Hook Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Highlands, New Jersey, United States

Location: Entrance to New York Harbor.

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Photo: Jim Crowley
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Managing Organization:
New Jersey Lighthouse Society

Telephone: 732-872-5970


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 4228
New Jersey, 08723, United States

The lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse tower in the U.S., reopened to the public on June 10, 2000 after a $600,000 restoration that took eight months to complete. Sandy Hook Light is within the Gateway National Recreation Area. The lighthouse is managed by the National Park Service. The active optic is still maintained by the Coast Guard, and the New Jersey Lighthouse Society conducts tours. Sandy Hook Light is a National Historic Landmark.

Tower Height: 85

Height of Focal Plane: 88

Description of Tower: White, octagonal rubblestone tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1883 2.5 story keeper's house, garage.

Date Established: 1764

Date Present Tower Built: 1764

Date Automated: 1965

Optics: 1857: Third order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

For directions see this page: . The grounds are open daily. Tours of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse are conducted every Saturday and Sunday during May, June and July from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Sandy Hook Visitor Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: John Schenck (1809-1817); ? Doane (1817-1825); Aaron Castler (1825-1837); Aaron Brower (1837-1841); John Bartleson (1841-1844); John V. Conover (1844-1849); David I. Patterson (1849-1853); Nathan Wooley (1853-1854); Aaron Brower (1854-1857); Urish Smalley (1857-1861); C. W. Patterson (1861-1885); Samuel P. Jewell (1885-1923); Hugo Carlson (1923-?); Richard R. Terhune, USCG (c. 1950?); Hacker, USCG (c. 1952).


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