Do not enter signs have never been so frustrating…
Hello all! I haven’t updated in a while, I know. I got pretty busy and then I was out of power for almost two weeks because of Hurricane Sandy. Which by the way, I hope all of you fellow NJ residents (as well as NY residents) are safe and warm and have regained power. For those of you with substantial damage, my heart goes out to you.
A few weeks ago, before the storm occurred my boyfriend and I decided to spend the afternoon exploring Sandy Hook. Never having been past the first two beaches (and the nude beach ;) ) I had never realized how long the shore stretches and how much there is to see. There is so much history and definitely worth the trip. We spent 4 hours in Fort Hancock alone (I have been calling it Fort Hammock for days, oops!).
A little back story first. Fort Hancock is a former United States Army fort and coastal artillery base at Sandy Hook.
According to Wiki:
"In 1893, Fort Hancock installed Battery Potter, the nation’s first disappearing gun battery. It also was important for the defense of the vital New York Harbor throughout World War II, preventing the entrance of German submarines into the harbor. In the late 1950s Project Nike antiaircaft missiles were based there. Fort Hancock was decommissioned in 1974.”
Also within Fort Hancock, are former military homes and the famous Sandy Hook Lighthouse.
We started at the former military homes. There must be at least 20 houses in a circle around a small field of grass. They have been abandoned since 1974, but sometimes sandy hook tours come through the less dangerous ones. It is illegal to trespass, but It didn’t say I couldn’t look in the windows. It was eerie peaking in. Things were left as if families had just packed up and moved out yesterday. I braved onto the porch of one of the homes (some of the wood had fallen through) and stuck my camera inside the broken window to snap some shots. There was still a lonely apron abandoned on the floor. I was so tempted to just walk right in as this particular unit was left unlocked. There was a cop car parked right near the building though. As badly as I wanted to go in, I just as badly did not feel like getting arrested.
You never know what you might find on these tours. I’ve heard people claim the houses were haunted. I’ve also heard of satanic rituals in the basement. I personally didn’t encounter anything spooky. (Except for lots of gross spiders…see pics below).
Unfortunately for us, we came in the wrong season. Tours of many of these locations are given from May through August. Tours of the lighthouse are all year long but, you must reserve your spot 3 weeks in advance. For those Ghost Chasers out there, right before Halloween there is an annual ghost tour you can sign up for.
It’s a shame, I’ve heard that a lot of these locations might have been destroyed in the hurricane. I fully intend to make a trip back once the beach is open again to the public. Sandy Hook is a true treasure, and I hope the entire Jersey Shore can make a full recovery from the damage.
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Stay Strong Jersey!
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