New Exhibit: The Twin Lights Museum is in the process of developing and installing a new and modern state of the art museum exhibit. To begin this process the artifcats that have been on display for well over twenty years, and could use a well deserved rest, will be removed to the stabilzation area and treated by our curatorial staff. The cases that are in the museum will be relocated and furnished with artifacts that may not have been seen in over twenty years. The transformation begins this week as we start to remove the artifacts. We anticipate that there will be periods where the museum area will closed and access to the tower limited. However, in just a few short months we will re-open with an exhibit that will be well worth the wait.
Highlands Fire Department Rescues
Twin Light's Flag
While the Twin Lights continue to be a beacon of light for many and a daymark for others, the lighthouse itself often needs a bit of a rescue. Through the last few weeks of unexpected snow, rain, high winds and a bit of ice our flag became entangled with the pole. Unable to get it down, we called the Highlands Fire Department in the hope that they could help us. Within a few days, not only was the old flag removed but it was replaced with a brand new one.
We'd like to thank Bill Kane, Chief of the Department for authorizing and organizing the rescue. Bill Caizza, 1st Assistant Chief for overseeing the on-site operations. Dave Parker, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Prevention, and Deputy Chief Picatinny Arsenal for operating the truck from the ground. John McKay, who along with Bill Kane was in the Bucket and Marty Hawley, ex-Chief of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department, who managed the ropes from the ground.
From the Lighthouse to the Firehouse, we thank you!
The Lights Are On
Photo Credit: Ken Braswell, ShoreGrfx, Highlands
HOLIDAY TREE: Thank you Diane, Bob, Carla, Dillon and Rich for braving the cold and spending your Saturday afternoon putting up the Twin Lights Holiday Tree in the lantern room of the south the tower. This was the groups 5th year and we're all thankful for their dedication. We couldn't do it without you!
The "Aurora" Exhibit: In 1827, a sailing ship named the Aurora was smashed to pieces in the surf off Sandy Hook after crossing the Atlantic from England. In 1828, two lighthouses were erected atop the Navesink Highlands, and the number of ship like the Aurora lost off the coast plummeted.
The Twin Lights Historical Society has acquired a collection of artifacts from the Aurora wreck and has set up a small exhibit. The story of how the ship's cargo was preserved will leave you in slack-jawed awe!
Letterboxing: Did you ever go Geocaching? How about Letterboxing? On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, starting on March 9th, you'll discover interesting features about the lighthouse. Pick up a Letterboxing Passport in the Museum Shop and follow the directions to fun. Record your discoveries by placing an ink stamp in your Passport. Complete your adventure and return to the Museum Shop for your special "Key to the Castle" stamp. Activity hours are from 1:30 to 4:00.
Coming Soon: "Seeing Stars" An exciting new exhibit featuring our national flag. Stay tuned for more details.
Donations Welcomed: While we're on the topic of flags, we always welcome a new flag. High on the hill our flags see rough service. Let us know if you have a new or gently used 5 x 8 flag you would like to see atop our flag pole. Please note that once flags are beyond use they are retired by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or one of our local Veteran's Organizations.
Great Start to a Winning Year!
The Twin Lights of the Navesink Highlands DVD won Best Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park. Congratulations to director Fred Frintrup of Visionary Video Studios, and the many members of the Twin Light Historical Society and lighthouse staff whose research and creativity brought this remarkable story to life!
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The Park and Building hours change seasonally. Currently, the hours of operation are weekly, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Plan your trip today! Please check the Museum Hours page for Alerts and other important information before planning your trip to the lighthouse.
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If you’re wondering what the weather is like offshore, come up to the Twin Lights. On a hot summer day, you’re likely to catch a cool breeze. If not, the Twin Lights Museum is air conditioned (and free!). If you like a stiff breeze, well, few places in New Jersey are windier. The temperature can drop several degrees as you drive up the hill. A puddle at sea level may turn to ice here!
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