Sandy Hook (732)
The Sandy Hook Light is
the oldest standing lighthouse and the oldest operating lighthouse
in the United States. It is the only surviving tower of the 11
lighthouses built in the thirteen colonies during the colonial
period from 1716 to 1771.
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Fort Hancock, named in 1895 for General Winfield Scott
Hancock, protected New York harbor until 1974.
Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Station, 1894 currently is the
Sandy Hook Visitor Center. This building housed the men who risked
their lives saving shipwrecked victims.
The Sandy Hook Proving Ground was the first U.S. Army Proving
Ground. It was established in 1874 to test new weaponry. In 1919, it
was moved to Aberdeen, Maryland.