August 28, 2012

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

Fort Hancock


Fort Hancock


Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook was a military fort which operated from 1895 until 1974. 


The fort played an important part in defending New York harbor and New Jersey, especially during World War II and the Cold War.


The fort is on the Sandy Hook Bay side of the barrier spit of Sandy Hook, surrounding the iconic Sandy Hook Lighthouse.

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

The next photo is the chapel:

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook chapel

The former movie theater, which is now a theater for stage shows:

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook theater

Officers' quarters:

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook Officers' quarters
Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

History House, a restored house on Officer Row:

History House at Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

The Mortar Battery:

The Mortar Battery

The Battery Potter, the nation's first disappearing gun battery:

The Battery Potter

To read more about Fort Hancock, read more here.

To read about the Nike Missile base history of Fort Hancock, read here


Please read my post on Sandy Hook Lighthouse


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August 21, 2012

Sandy Hook Lighthouse | Highlands, New Jersey


Sandy Hook


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.


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

Fresnel lens
Fresnel Lens
Fresnel Lens

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. 

View from Lighthouse

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


Behind them is Sandy Hook Bay. 

View from lighthouse
View from Lighthouse

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. 

View of New York City

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


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Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

Sea Girt Lighthouse

The Cape May Lighthouse 


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