Sandy Hook Lighthouse!

Sometimes, if you time your trip to Sandy Hook just right, you can take a tour of the lighthouse!

Based on notes I took when I did the tour in 2009, this is the same Fresnel lens that they installed in the 1850s (right around when they switched from oil to kerosene). About 50 years later, right around the turn of the century, they switched from kerosene to an incandescent bulb, and I *think* Sandy Hook was the first lighthouse to implement such a modern bulb.

If that’s true, isn’t it neat?


Sandy Hook, film, 2007

35mm- Sandy Hook lighthouse over the wall of the Mortar Battery.

lighthouse number three

Erected in 1896, Sea Girt Lighthouse (in Sea Girt, NJ) was the last live-in lighthouse built in the United States.

twin lights

This is a severe crop of an already low-resolution photo… so yeah, I know, don’t bite my head off.

Built in 1862 and decomissioned in 1949 when they were considered obsolete, the Twin Lights can be found about 4.5 miles south of the Sandy Hook lighthouse. Only 4.5 miles? I’m no expert, but that seems close–why so many lighthouses in such a small amount of space? Well, they mark the entrance to New York Harbor, which according to Wikipedia is “one of the most intricate natural harbors in the world” (and as such, required very careful navigation).

Note that the Twin Lights are not identical.


Sandy Hook lighthouse, built in 1764, is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States.