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SANDY HOOK LIGHT

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: NEW YORK LOWER BAY
Nearest City: HIGHLANDS
County: MONMOUTH
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1764


Sandy Hook Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1764
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1965
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: RUBBLESTONE W/BRICK INTERIOR
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE WITH RED LANTERN
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 85
  • Original Optic: 18 LAMPS, 21" REFLECTORS
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1842
  • Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1857
  • Height of Focal Plane: 88
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1883
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: 2-DOOR GARAGE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (USCG RETAINS ACCESS TO OPTIC)

Open to the Public? YES; GROUNDS OPEN DAILY, TOURS OF TOWER OFFERED ON WEEKENDS IN SPRING, SUMMER, & FALL BY NEW JERSEY LIGHTHOUSE SOCIEY
  • Public Information Phone: 732-872-5970
Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #66000468
Name of Listing: SANDY HOOK LIGHT
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK Study

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, NJ-326

Miscellaneous:
OLDEST OPERATING LIGHTHOUSE; FIRST SIREN FOG SIGNAL INSTALLED 1868; UNDERWENT REHABILITATION IN 2000



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