Sandy Hook Light

Fort Hancock Military Reservation, Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Photos 

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Nathaniel R. Ewan, Photographer May 10, 1937 EXTERIOR - SOUTH VIEW

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 29, 1964

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000468
Areas of significance
Commerce; Transportation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Water-related; Coast guard facility
Current functions
Water-related; Coast guard facility
Period of significance
1750-1799
Significant year
1764

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