The Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Jessica Gisondi

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is located at the tip of Sandy Hook, a former military base on the shores of Sea Bright beaches. Although it was not built with the intention of being a monument, through time and events it has evolved into a local monument.  This lighthouse represents the unity between New York and New Jersey through sound and safe trade before the American Revolution.  After the American Revolution it began to represent American strength, persistence and victory after it survived the Revolution and British attacks.

I was surprised to find out just how important the Sandy Hook Lighthouse was to the rest of America. I found a letter written on behalf of President Adams discussing the importance of restoring the lighthouse. I had no idea that this lighthouse had played such an important role in history. By exploring the significance of the lighthouse as more than just a historic site, but as a local monument, I realized how such “monuments” or symbols of an area work themselves into the culture of the local people. The lighthouse, like many other monuments, may mean different things to different people of different generations, cultures and walks of life. History aside, the Sandy Hook Light House is a symbol of comfort and safety to the locals who see the lighthouse as a representation of home.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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