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  • Sand Replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach

    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

  • The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range will be closed on October 22

    Sections of the archery range parking lot will be excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, to remove defunct fuel lines. The archery range will reopen October 23.

Before and During World War I

A family outing for a Western Union employee, 1914.

A family outing for a Western Union employee, 1914.

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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.

John Borris, 136th and 7th Coast Artillery, 1912-1914, pdf

John Borris, self-interview, 136th and 7th Coast Artillery, 1912-1914, pdf

Jeanette Woolley Bower, dependent, US Life-Saving Service, 1975 interview

Jeanette Woolley Bower, dependent, US Life-Saving Service, 1976 interview

Alfred Bricca, soldier, pdf

Bill Gould, dependent, Western Union Telegraph Company

Sally Hanson, dependent of pumping station engineer, pdf

Eleanor Gould Henfey, dependent, Western Union Telegraph Company

Edward Hoak, pharmacist in post hispital during influenza outbreak, pdf

Andy Kelly, civilian engineer, 1909-1922

John Mulhern, recollections of Sandy Hook and Highlands, 1908-1927, pdf
John Mulhern, recollections of Sandy Hook, 1908, pdf

John Mulhern, child of water plant operator, 1908-1927

John Mulhern, School memories 1912-1917

John and James Mulhern, children of water plant operator, 1908-1927

James Pike, railroad engineer, 1917-1949, pdf

Lander Radford, 113th Company 1906-1912, pdf

Frederick Repole, 26th Coast Artillery Band, pdf

Did You Know?

Fort Hancock Foghorn newspaper announces Judy Garland's performance in 1943

Did you know that many celebrities visited Fort Hancock in World War II? Judy Garland performed for the soldiers at Fort Hancock in 1943. Lana Turner also visited the fort during the war. More...