Sandy Hook lighthouse commemorates 250th anniversary with special celebration

The oldest standing and operating lighthouse in the nation celebrates its 250th anniversary this week.

The oldest standing and operating lighthouse in the

The oldest standing and operating lighthouse in the nation celebrates its 250th anniversary this week. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

SANDY HOOK - The oldest standing and operating lighthouse in the nation celebrates its 250th anniversary this week.

The lighthouse at Sandy Hook was first lit back in 1764, guiding thousands of ships to harbor over the years.

It survived the American Revolution, hurricanes and two world wars.

"It's been in federal hands since George Washington was president," says Park Ranger John Warren. He says that's why the lighthouse has lasted as long as it has.

To get to the top, visitors must climb 95 steps on a spiral staircase.

There will be a celebration at the lighthouse this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be musket drills for kids, a cannon firing, and colonial era games for children.

Admission onto Sandy Hook will be free for the event.

 

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