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The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in what is now the United States. For 250 years, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse has stood as a beacon of hope, surviving a revolution, hurricanes and two world wars. Most recently, it occupied the high ground while Hurricane Sandy covered much of the peninsula with water.

On Saturday, June 14, the public is invited to a free celebration, in observance of the 250th anniversary of its lighting on June 11, 1764. Scheduled for the hours of 11 am to 4 pm, the event includes a look at the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, which serves as temporary office quarters for park staff, and is currently used as the visitor center for Sandy Hook Unit.

It’s an opportunity for the public to catch up with one of the longest-living residents (and true survivors) of the Jersey Shore — as well as to hear some surprising stories concerning the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States, and why it was nearly destroyed during the American Revolution—by our side! Please visit  here for directions.