September 2012.............

Morristown and West Orange: Took a quick day trip to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and the Thomas Edison House in West Orange . Of course the house was closed the day we were there but it is very impressive from the outside. From there we went to Morristown to the Morristown National Historical Park, the site of the encampment of General Washington and The Continental army's winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780. In the park is a museum and the Ford Mansion where Washington stayed. Both sites are an interesting stop and you can get a National Park stamp if you collect them. Below: Ford Mansion on left, Edison house on the right.

September 2012.............

Jersey Shore: One of the stops on this trip was the Sandy Hook Light House. Sandy Hook is a barrier beach peninsula at the northern end of the New Jersey Shore. It is located at the entrance of the New York Harbor and for more than 200 years most of the peninsula has been a federal reserve. The lighthouse, in operation since 1764 it is the oldest operating light house in the United States and we climbed the 95 steps to the top.
There is a US Coast Guard station, Fort Hancock Historical District with wonderful old homes that were once used by the Coast Guard. The ones that are restored are manned by Coast Guard Personnel. We were there shortly before Hurricane Sandy and the area was heavily damaged during the hurricane, however the lighthouse was not seriously damaged.
Pictured Below: The lighthouse, Fort Hancock Historical District, the lighthouse visitor center, which was at one time a Coastguard life saving station, and a view from the lighthouse.


 

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