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.