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August 28, 2012

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

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 see my other post about Sandy Hook, click here

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

 

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Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

August 28, 2012

August 21, 2012

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

lighthouse

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.

Sign

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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Sandy Hook Lighthouse

August 21, 2012

July 24, 2012

Wildwood Days

The Wildwoods

The Wildwoods in New Jersey are several beach towns by the Jersey Shore. The Wildwoods are considered to have the best beaches in New Jersey and some of the best beaches in the entire United States. 
 
There are several Wildwoods: Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest. 
 
Wildwood is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year! 

The Wildwoods are nothing like nearby Cape May. They have amusement parks, doo-wop architecture and are family oriented. You can eat some frozen custard, deep-fried Oreos, and of course seafood. 
 
Bobby Rydell sang a song about the place:
 

 
 
 
And it is true that the beaches are magnificent and enormous! 


The Wildwood Boardwalk is also famous, and is home to many eating establishments and nearby several amusement parks.
 
The Wildwood Boardwalk
Custard stand
Doo-Wop Diner
Doo-Wop Diner

The boardwalk is so long that there are tram cars that take you back and forth. The cry of “Watch the tram car, please! Watch the tram car, please!” will follow you down the boardwalk! 

tram cars
tram cars
Wildwood, New Jersey

For more about the Wildwoods, read here


For more about the Wildwood boardwalk, read here.  
 
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Wildwood Days

July 24, 2012

July 17, 2012

Visiting Cape May

Cape May Stage


The downtown area of Cape May, New Jersey is charming. It is a very busy beach resort town, and the beach is great – but so are strolling around, eating and shopping! 

 

To get to Cape May, you get off at Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway! 

Exit 0

You can take bike around town, take trolley rides, and also take a horse-and-carriage ride.
Horse-and-Carriage rides
Horse-and-Carriage rides, Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May sign
Cape May fountain

Below is Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, founded in 1911. 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Cape May, New Jersey


The Towne Crier: 

Welcome Friends Old and New, Linger Here A Day Or Two


The Towne Crier

Cape May had a long history as a whaling town:

 

Dedicated to our fishermen lost at sea


Dedicated to our fishermen lost at sea


I was thrilled see the Dala Horse sign indicating a shop filled with lovely Swedish items. 

 

My mother was born in Sweden, and I grew up with beautiful Swedish items in my home. 

Swede Things shop, Cape May, New Jersey

There are some other lovely places to browse:

Gallery D'May Fine Art
Uncle Charley's Ice Cream
Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy


After a hard day of shopping, take time to go to the beach! 

 

Make sure you take a Cape May umbrella

Cape May beach

Places mentioned in this post:

Cape May Stage

Cape May Carriage Co. 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Swede Things in America

Gallery D'May Fine Art

Uncle Charley's Ice Cream

Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy
 

This week I want to give a shout out to Mark of the Cape May Blog. He was nice enough to mention my photos on his blog! Check out his blog, too! 

I also want to thank The SITS Girls for mentioning my blog on their Saturday ShareFest! 

Please check out all of my Cape May posts! You can see the painted ladies of Cape May, the Cape May lighthouse in Cape May Point, and how patriotic Cape May is!

 

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Visiting Cape May

July 17, 2012

July 15, 2012

The Painted Ladies of Cape May!

The Chalfonte Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey


Lovely Cape May, New Jersey has one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the United States. 

 

The entire town has been designated a historic landmark, mostly because of the Victorian homes.

Cape May is considered by some to be America's first summer resort. 

The Victorian homes were mostly built after a terrible fire which destroyed much of the downtown area in 1878.

These homes are brightly painted with gingerbread trimmings and many are now serving as bed-and-breakfasts. 

 

In the photo above you can see the Chalfonte Hotel which has a long history in the town.

 

Mark (my husband) and I only had one day to devote to Cape May and we also wanted to see the lighthouse, so time was limited. It was also very hot outside.

We decided to take the Cape May Trolley to view the town. 

 

All of the photos were taken while riding on the trolley, so please forgive me if some of the pictures are crooked and the tops of some of the buildings are cut off!

Cape May trolley

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house

Cape May, New Jersey house


Check out my Cape May posts on visiting the town, other Victorians and The Cape May Lighthouse!


To read more about Cape May, click here.

ETA: Ohmigosh, I think I'm going to faint. The SITS Girls website, which is a group of over 40,000 women bloggers, mentioned my humble blog's name on their July 14th Saturday Sharefest -- on the front page! I'm so excited! I had no idea until just a few minutes ago!

If you are a woman blogger please check out SITS. It's a great community where you'll "meet" many other women bloggers.

Thank you so much SITS and all my SITstahs!  


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The Painted Ladies of Cape May!

July 15, 2012

July 10, 2012

The Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse

The iconic Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park at the southern tip of New Jersey has lighted the way for about 180 years.

Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse

You must climb 199 steps to the top -- and we did it!


The first picture below is the light at the top of the lighthouse. It is a working automated light.


Cape May Lighthouse lens

 

The view from the top is spectacular. 

 

On one side is the Delaware Bay, with the state of Delaware in the distance, approximately 14 miles away. 

 

One day I hope to take the ferry ride from Cape May, NJ to Lewes, Delaware. We just didn't have time on this visit.

 

On the other side is the Atlantic Ocean.

View from the Cape May Lighthouse

 
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The Cape May Lighthouse

July 10, 2012