New Jersey Lighthouse Society
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 4228
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
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: http://www.njlhs.burlco.org/directions.htm . 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).