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Sandy Hook Light

Sandy Hook, New Jersey
County of Monmouth.
Fort Hancock Military Reservation
National Register Number: 66000468
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Maritime: Other. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: NJ-6 Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Part of Gateway National Recreation Area; See www.nps.gov/gate.
Web Site: www.nps.gov/history/maritime/sandyhk.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 29, 1964):
Sandy Hook Light is the oldest standing light tower in the United States. Since 1764 the beam from this 85-foot tall white tower has guided innumerable vessels through New York harbor. In 1997 the Lighthouse was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the National Park Service. The Light, itself, with its 3rd order Fresnel lens, remains an active aid to navigation administered by the Coast Guard.

The 1764 Sandy Hook Lighthouse was rehabilitated in 2000 and is now open to the public for tours led by volunteers from the NJ Lighthouse Society. The 1873 Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters is now under adaptive rehabilitation funded by the Sandy Hook Foundation, the park's official Friends Group. An HSR, completed in 2001, guides the work. When complete, the Keepers Quarters will include offices for the Sandy Hook Foundation and NJ Lighthouse Society and will be a visitor station for Lighthouse tours and feature exhibits on NJ Lighthouses.

Rehabilitation of the Keepers Quarters is expected to be completed by June 2006.

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