Shine Bright

For some, says T.S. Eliot, “April is the cruelest month.” Not for lighthouse enthusiasts.
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For some, says T.S. Eliot, “April is the cruelest month.” Not for lighthouse enthusiasts. That’s because they know these sentinels of the sea will open their doors and invite guests in to admire their craftsmanship and the importance of their charge: guiding seafarers to safety.

Monmouth County’s coast lays claim to three of these majestic beacons. The one in Sandy Hook, in fact, is the oldest working lighthouse in the country. The 1764 structure had a brief role in the Revolutionary War, and after a restoration in 2000 it was added to the Gateway National Recreation Area. The Sea Girt Lighthouse, in 1921, was equipped with a radio beacon, becoming the first to have such an installation in the country. Not to be outdone is the Navesink Twin Lights, the first American lighthouse to test a Fresnel lens and the site of a demonstration of the wireless telegraph in 1899.

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse opens on April 1, while the Sea Girt Lighthouse opens on April 23. The Navesink site is now open Wednesday through Sunday until Memorial Day, when it will be open daily.

For more information, go to tourism.visitmonmouth.com. 

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