The Remnants Of This Abandoned Fort In New Jersey Are Hauntingly Beautiful

Fort Hancock is a former United States Army fort at Sandy Hook. Built in 1859, the coastal artillery base was decommissioned in 1974. Portions of the base remain intact and the oldest working lighthouse in the nation stands on its grounds. Still, much of Fort Hancock is in disrepair.

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Lucky for us, much of the grounds are open to the public. Visitors can even enjoy guided tours. An upcoming tour (March 24th) will take you through restricted areas, into the holly forest. If you prefer to stroll the grounds yourself, the National Parks Service put together this great brochure. To learn more about the Nike missile site at Fort Hancock, click here. For information on Sandy Hook Light, click here.