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
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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.