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One Of America’s Most Classified, Top Secret Military Locations Is Right Here In New Jersey

Many of us are familiar with Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, but you may not know about its unique past. An Army fort and coastal artillery base was established in 1859 to defend the Atlantic Coast and New York Harbor. The Fort at Sandy Hook was never completed, but new fortifications were added and in 1895, the site became Fort Hancock. The fort is home to Sandy Hook Light, the oldest working lighthouse in the United States, along with several other intriguing features.

Did you learn anything new about this historic site? Do you have your own stories to share about the New Jersey landmark? If you absolutely love it and are interested in living or working at Fort Hancock, click here for leasing information. While you’re in Sandy Hook, be sure to tour the lighthouse as well. Open 7 days a week, children must be 48″ to climb. Another interesting site on Sandy Hook? Battery John Gunnison. Maintained by the non-profit Army Ground Forces Association, the battery has been restored to such a point where it is one of the most well-preserved seacoast batteries in the United States.

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a freelance writer, editor and social-media manager who really loves her state. She's here to share all that New Jersey has to offer with residents and the rest of the world.