Fort Hancock, New Jersey
Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District
Fort Hancock Memorial Park
|Location||Sandy Hook, New Jersey|
|NRHP Reference #||80002505|
|Added to NRHP||April 24, 1980|
|Designated NHLD||December 17, 1982|
Fort Hancock is a former United States Army fort at Sandy Hook in Middletown Township New Jersey. The coastal artillery base defended the Atlantic coast and the entrance to New York Harbor. Between 1874 and 1919, Fort Hancock was operated in conjunction with the US Army's Sandy Hook Proving Ground. It is now part of Fort Hancock Memorial Park.
The Sandy Hook Light, the oldest working lighthouse in the United States, is located on the grounds of Fort Hancock.
Fort Hancock was decommissioned as an active U.S. Army installation in 1974. It is now part of the National Parks of New York Harbor under the National Park System. A museum is managed as part of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. In 2013, the Park Service introduced Nubian goats to the fort in order to clear away poison ivy that has been growing unchecked on the six-acre property for about 40 years.
The NPS is soliciting proposals for renovation and use to the more than 35 buildings in the fort complex.
Officers' Row, 1973. Photo by Arthur Tress
- Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2008-06-23.
- The Defenses of Sandy Hook (from a Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area, U.S. National Park Service information pamphlet. Accessed 2008-02-22.)
- "Interview with Bill Jackson" (PDF).
- "Goats defending New Jersey historic site from poison ivy". ABC Local. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
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- Fort Hancock visitor information - from National Park Service partner
- History of Fort Hancock
- Fort Hancock Historic District
- Fort Hancock: A Bastion of America's Eastern Seaboard, a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan