Spent the day at Sandy Hook with the family and stopped at the light house and Fort Hancock. The light house was constructed in 1764 and is the oldest operating light house in the United States. It is 85 feet tall and the light can been seen for 19 miles out to the New York/New Jersey Harbor. It is operated and mantained by the U.S. Park Service. I brought the D300 along and used the old "stand by" 18-55 kit lens in Manual mode. Fort Hancock is a former United States Army base next to the light house. This coastal artillery base played an important part in the defense of New York Harbor and played a role in the History of New Jersey. Along the bay, the goverment built these homes for the ranking officers. 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, trying to prevent the entrance of German submarines into the harbor. In the late 1950s Project Nike antiaircaft missiles were based there. Fort Hancock was decommissioned in 1972. They are abandoned and the U.S. has yet to figure out what they are going to due with them. Officer's residence. There are 40 on the bay front facing the bay. B&W Artillery battery. The shells were brought in the battery on railroad tracks. The area is hidden inside these concrete walls just to the south of the light house.