Fort Hancock Day 2009

Living Historian show how the gun was fired.
Army Ground Forces Association Living Historians explain how Battery Gunnison was used.

NPS photo by C.J. Gutch

Fort Hancock Days at Sandy Hook

Beginning on Saturday evening, October 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and continuing on Sunday, October 25 from noon to 4 p.m. the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway NRA will commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army Post in 1895.


Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Battery Gunnison at Night: Volunteer Living Historians from the Army Ground Forces Association will be uniformed as World War II era coast artillery solders.

Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours of Battery Gunnison. Demonstrations on how the big 6-inch guns were fired.

Walking tours of the Fort Hancock historic district, include tours inside buildings that are not normally open to the public. Tours start at the Museum and end at History House with refreshments.

History House, a restored home along Officers Row that contains period furnishings from the 1940s. The 102nd Cavalry, a World War II re-enactment group, will have a display set up adjacent to the house. A World War II Jeep will also be on display.

Battery Potter and the Fort Hancock Nike Missile Radar Site will both be open for tours.

Jr. Ranger Air Defenders at 2 PM, provides children ages 7-12 with a tour of the Nike Radar site and then the opportunity to build a Nike Missile of their own. The activity culminates with targeting and firing a rocket at a kite the Nike Missileman way. Program is by reservation only: call 732-872-5970

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters will be open from noon until 5 p.m. Lighthouse tours are first-come, first-served, and children must be 48 inches tall to climb the tower.

Sandy Hook Visitor Center, open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 732-872‑5970.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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