The Sandy Hook Light, the oldest working lighthouse in the United States,
is located on the grounds of Fort Hancock.
The light was built to aid mariners entering the southern end of the New
York Harbor. It was originally called New York Lighthouse because it was
funded through a New York Assembly lottery and a tax on all ships entering
the Port of New York. The lighthouse has endured an attempt to destroy it
as an aid to British navigation by Benjamin Tupper, and a subsequent
occupancy of British soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
Almost two years after the State of New York ratified the U.S. Constitution,
the lighthouse was transferred to federal authority. George Washington
wrote to the Senate on April 5, 1790, "I have directed my private secretary
to lay before you copies of three acts of the legislature of New York ... An
act for vesting in the United States of America the light-house and the lands
thereunto belonging at Sandy Hook". The lighthouse is located on the
grounds of Fort Hancock.
In 1990, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 25¢ stamp featuring the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.
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