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    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

The Sandy Hook Proving Ground

Standing at the proof battery c. 1910.

Two soldiers pose at the Proof Battery, c. 1900.

NPS/Gateway NRA Museum Collection and U.S. Army

The Sandy Hook Proving Ground was the first U.S. Army Proving Ground. It was established in 1874 to test new weaponry. In 1919, it moved to Aberdeen, Maryland.

For more detailed information on the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, click here.

The Sandy Hook Proving Ground is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.

View the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District Nomination Form.

View the Historic Resource Study, Sandy Hook Proving Ground 1874-1919.

View the Officers Club Building 114, Historic Structures Report.


Did You Know?

World War I recruiting poster for the Coastal Artillery Corps.

All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...