Fort Hancock Sandy Hook


These photos were taken at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. It is located on the tip of a peninsula roughly 20 miles south of Manhattan, New York. This structure, Battery Potter is unique in that it was the first disappearing gun battery constructed in 1890 and it’s quite amazing how well this building has stood up to the test of time. Another interesting fact is how this fort was meant to defend the entire New York City area.

Title: Battery Potter
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The decay here indicates how much nature has taken over, but rewind 100 years in the past and these rails were used to transport ammunition and weapons to loading areas. Now it’s a sanctuary for wild animals and tourists alike.

Title: Abandoned stairway
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is one of the two lighthouses in Sandy Hook and it was once a beacon of light for many ships sailing into the Lower New York Bay. Now the lighthouse stands tall among the trees and shrubs guiding visitors to a nice slice of history.

Title: Sandy Hook lighthouse
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A look into the abyss is actually a mortar battery at Fort Hancock, and interesting enough, there is a nude beach just north of this area. Some could say this wall is the last defense to the free world, no pun intended. Inside the battery is a hollow open air room that reverberates every step taken, echoing throughout.

Title: Mortar battery
Location:Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

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