Twin Lights Historic Site

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2 Light House Road, Highlands, NJ, USA
(732) 872-1814
Twin Lights Historic Site - Navesink Twin Lights
Twin Lights Historic Site - Twin Lighthouses under the road sign
Twin Lights Historic Site - Navesink Twin Lights
Twin Lights Historic Site - First view - Lighthouses or castle
Twin Lights Historic Site - First view - Lighthouses or castle
Twin Lights Historic Site - First view - Lighthouses or castle
Twin Lights Historic Site - First view - Lighthouses or castle

Twin Lights Historic Site Highlands Reviews

grandmar grandmar
237 reviews
Navesink Twin Lights Oct 10, 2014
We retraced our steps. We saw twin towers on the bluff and Bob said it looked like two lighthouses, but I did not think it could be

It DID look like lighthouses though, so I took photos. I saw them on the town Welcome sign so I looked them up in the AAA book and sure enough, they are the Navesink Lighthouses.

They date from 1862. Joseph Lederle, was the architect. The station was established 1828. They have been inactive since 1953. They are 73 foot tall square cylindrical brownstone towers with a lantern and gallery, linked by an ornate, 2-story fortress-like brownstone keeper's quarters to the north tower. The station's rare 1st order bivalve Fresnel lens (1898), restored in 1999, is on display in the brick electric generator building (1909). The former keeper's quarters now houses a museum.

The Twin Lights are not identical twins, since one tower is square and the other tower is octagonal. For a century Navesink Twin Lights was the landfall light for vessels bound for New York, so it was one of the country's most important lighthouses. It was also a showplace for the lighthouse service. This is the first U.S. light station to be equipped with Fresnel lenses (1841), the first to burn kerosene (1883), and the first to be equipped with electric power (1898).

They are located on Lighthouse Road off Highland Avenue above NJ 36 in Highlands. Site open (free), museum open daily in the summer and Wednesday through Sunday the rest of the year; north tower open during museum hours, south tower open to guided tours.

We didn't have time to visit - due to the Columbus Day weekend traffic it took us many hours to get to our hotel in CT.
Navesink Twin Lights
Navesink Twin Lights
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nowhereman136 nowherem…
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Twin Lights Lighthouse Jul 05, 2011
I wouldn't go out of my way to see this site but it is really cool. Its located at the top of the Jersey coast and there is a lovely view of New York City across the harbor. The lighthouse are free to go into (only the north tower is open to the public. Great view of the ocean and small town between the towers and ocean. Full view of Sandy Hook and Gateway National Park. Nice and relaxing.

If your having out with friends who live in the area or headed down to the shore from NYC, make this a stop in the morning before the beach. Nice way to start the day. Get there early enough and watch the sunrise.

also, there is a road called "Ocean Boulevard" less than a mile east. It a great scenic road with more views of the Harbor and some old Victorian houses. All this leads too a quaint little town with some good restaurants.
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furiousfowl furiousf…
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Twin Lights LIGHTHOUSE Jul 20, 2008
Now this lighthouse was cool, resembled a castle in a way sitting up on a hill overlooking the harbor. Now this lighthouse is also known as the twin lights of Navesink its situated 2oo feet above sea level and has been used as a navigational aid to NJ waters since 1828. built of local brownstone at a cost of $74,000 and replaced the earlier buildings that had fallen into disrepair.

the architect joseph lederie designed the new structure with two non-identical towers linked by keepers quarters and storage rooms. this unique design made it easy to distinguish twin lights from other lighthouses. at night the two beacons, one flashing and other fixed, provided its characteristic appeal.
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