Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
 photo SandyHookLighthouse1_zpswuuxwky1.jpg

Sandy Hook is at the very beginning of the New Jersey shore. It is a barrier spit extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. On one side is Sandy Hook Bay, and on the other side is the Atlantic Ocean. New York City is visible in the distance.


Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It was first lighted in 1764.

 photo SandyHookLighthouse2_zpsaypuxwdm.jpg
 photo SandyHookLighthouse3_zpsldoqk4sv.jpg

The lighthouse was outfitted with a Fresnel lens in the 1800’s.

 photo SandyHookLighthouse4_zpsmna4reqk.jpg
 photo SandyHookLighthouse5_zpskdoh5x3k.jpg
 photo SandyHookLighthouse6_zpsjmodiwin.jpg

There are splendid views in every direction from the top of the lighthouse. On one side is Fort Hancock, a former United States Army Fort which was decommissioned in 1974. 

 photo SandyHookLighthouse7_zpsimnpscvt.jpg

You can see the row of officers' houses in the background. 

Behind them is Sandy Hook Bay. 

 photo SandyHookLighthouse8_zpsqmv4jztk.jpg
 photo SandyHookLighthouse9_zps35uksz7r.jpg


On the Atlantic Ocean side you can see New York City in the distance. That’s Brooklyn in the forefront and the towers of the famous Manhattan skyline in the background. 

You can see the currently-in-construction “Freedom Tower” (replacing the World Trade Center) rising above the rest, and The Empire State Building in the middle. 

 photo SandyHookLighthouse10_zpsurs3aoxu.jpg

For fascinating stories about the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, read here and here.

For more about Sandy Hook, including maps,click here.


For more Wordless Wednesday, click the badge below!


For more Wordful Wednesday, click the badge!




For more Outdoor Wednesday, click the badge!


Have a wonderful week!

0 Memorable Comments:

© 2009-2015 New Jersey Memories. Powered by Blogger.
Back to Top