2 Lighthouse Road
, New Jersey
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10AM-4:30PM
Free, donations to the Twin Light Historical Society are appreciated
Twin Lights Lighthouse Historic Site
Situated 200 feet above sea level atop the Navesink
Highlands, Twin Lights has stood as a sentinel over the treacherous
coastal waters of northern New Jersey since 1828. Named Navesink
Lightstation, it became known as the “Twin Lights of Highlands” to
those who used its mighty beacons to navigate. As the primary seacoast
light for New York Harbor, it was the best and brightest light on the
Atlantic Coast for generations of seafarers. Many a life and cargo were
saved by the sweep of its beacons.
current lighthouse, built in 1862 of local brownstone, cost $74,000,
and replaced the earlier buildings that had fallen into disrepair.
Architect Joseph Lederle 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
nearby lighthouses. At night, the two beacons, one flashing and the
other fixed, provided another distinguishing characteristic.
Visitors can tour the lighthouse, climb the North
Tower for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, visit the exhibit
gallery, and see the 9 foot bivalve lens on display in the generator
building. Twin Lights no longer guides ships into New York Harbor, but
it stands as a formidable reminder of the important role lighthouses
played in the maritime history of this country. Twin Lights is listed
on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.