About Us

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 The Highlands, New York Harbor, it was the best and brightest light in North America for generations of seafarers. Many a life and cargo were saved by the sweep of its light.

The current lighthouse, built in 1862 of local brownstone at a cost of $74,000, replaced the earlier buildings that had fallen into disrepair. Architect Joseph Lederle designed the new lighthouse 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.

The Twin Lights are under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Parks and Forestry DIvision and managed by the Twin Lights Historical Society, a friends' group who preserve and protect the culture and history of the site.

Twin Lights Historical Society

Executive  Board

Thomas  MullinsPresident
Catharine SmithVice President
Mark Stewart,Secretary/Treasurer 

Michael Calafati, AIA
John Caroli
John Colannino
CDR Timothy Dring,USNR (Retired)
Michael Kelly
Dr. Samuel Laufer
Casey McChesney
Clark Mulheren
Thomas Mullins
Patrick Quinn
Stevie Thompson
Paul Taylor
Jeff Tyler

Advisory Council
A.S. "Andy" Anderson
Jay Cosgrove
Raymond Cosgrove
Kimberly Cottell
Caroline P. Huber
Gary Jobson
Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr.
Pasquale Menna, Esq.
Suzanne R. Post
Richard Wells
Dr. Christoph Winter