Friday, June 9, 2017

June at Sandy Hook

View of Fort Hancock from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse at sunset (NPS photo)

Here are some June and summer events at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area.

World Oceans Day: Our Oceans, Our Future--Beach Lot C, Beach Plaza Thursday, June 8, 10 AM - 12 PM Celebrate your love for the oceans. Prevent marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. Help the park rangers clean the beach and learn about solutions to plastic pollution with our park partner Clean Ocean Action.

In Search of the Lighthouse, Fort, and Refugee Town on Sandy Hook: A Story of Archaeological Research--Sandy Hook Chapel, Tuesday, June 13, 7 PM to 9 PM.Presenter/Lecturer: Richard Veit, Ph.D.: Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of History & Anthropology, Monmouth University.
From 1692 to 1817, Sandy Hook was the private property of the Hartshorne family of Middletown. Since 1764, the historic lighthouse on the Hook has guarded the treacherous approaches to New York Harbor. During the American Revolution, Continental forces tried unsuccessfully to deny the British control of the lighthouse. British troops and partisans captured Sandy Hook early in the war and, despite repeated raids by Continental forces, retained control of the sandy peninsula until the end of the conflict. Indeed, the British fortified the lighthouse and Loyalists, many of African descent, constructed a Refugee Town near the light which served as a base of operations for raiding parties along the Jersey shore. Monmouth University's 2016 archaeological field school investigated the lighthouse property in an attempt to identify the location of the Lighthouse Fort and Refugee Town. Learn what was discovered from the study

Fridays--Canoe Cruise-
U.S. Life-Saving Station Parking Lot (between Lot D and Lot E) June 16 through August 25 9:15 AM - 12 PM. See program guide for other canoe programs.

Check out the Summer Program Guide

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