Sandy Hook's False Tip Closed
The false tip area of Sandy Hook is closed due to safety concerns while the Army Corps of Engineers continues their dredging operations.
Before and During World War I
Fort Hancock was first garrisoned on March 14, 1898. Sandy Hook had a continual Army population from the activation of the Sandy Hook Proving Ground in 1874 to Fort Hancock's closing in 1974.
The U.S. Life-Saving Service had two stations on the peninsula: the Sandy Hook Station, now the U.S. Coast Guard area; and the Spermaceti Cove Station, which is currently the Sandy Hook Visitor Center. There were also Lighthouse Service and U.S. Weather Bureau employees.
In addition to these federal employees, there were also Western Union and Postal Telegraph Company towers that had employed six men and housed their families.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Sandy Hook Light was dimmed in World War II and painted in camoflague? Homes and businesses within five miles of the ocean were required to use blackout curtains in order to protect ships from attacks by German U-Boats. More...