News & Events at Twin Lights

Ghost Stories

The Twin Lights have been rumored to be a haven for spirits over the years. We have documented many paranormal activities and will be sharing them with our members and the public over the coming weeks. Check out this week's "ghost story" below and check back often for new installments in the series. 

Ghost Story #2 - TIME TO GO

Although the South Tower is rarely open, it is supposed to be regularly inspected and cleaned. That was not a problem until about 20 years ago, when a parks employee returned white-faced, reporting a “close encounter”…and retired soon after. In the summer of 2016, the shadowy figure of a thin man with a cane was reported in the padlocked lens room atop the North Tower. Within days, the entire electrical system powering the lens went down—and took state electricians more than 3 months to repair.

Ghost Story #1 - MOVING PICTURE         

In 2015, a 100-year-old Betsy Ross House souvenir bookmark was placed on display on the right side of a showcase in the Seeing Stars exhibit. A slightly older souvenir postcard of the Betsy Ross House went on display on the left side of the same showcase. In the spring of 2016, museum volunteers noticed that the bookmark had migrated over to “join” its twin postcard. The bookmark had moved around two other items, including a souvenir liberty bell. The showcase was perfectly level and secured with eight special screws. When the showcase was lifted and tilted, the bookmark did not move at all. 

Share your own ghost stories of Twin Lights and the Navesink area by emailing us at
twinlightshistoricalsociety@gmail.com


Seeing Stars

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Click here to view NJN's recent coverage of The Seeing Stars exhibit!

The Twin Lights Museum has completely transformed with a top-to-bottom renovation and the opening of its new exhibit, Seeing Stars: Every Flag Tells a Story.

The "Seeing Stars" exhibit follows America's flag from its inception to today. The exhibit showcases how the flag has changed with the expansion of the United States, and how it has become a symbol of hope.

The exhibit, which took three years to create and opened this past fall, is designed to appeal to all different learners and interests.

Other treasures inside the exhibit include the original painting of Ground Zero by Jamie Wyeth, who created the piece after visiting the site of the World Trade Center just days after Sept. 11 with Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Frederic Church's "Our Banner in the Sky" painting is also on display, which was created in the early days of the Civil War to reflect his grief over the state of the nation.

Peter Keim of Texas and Richard Pierce of New Jersey are both major contributors to the exhibit. The Monmouth County Historical Association and many private collectors also contributed.

 

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Our award-winning documentary of the Pledge of Allegiance,You Heard It Here First, is now available for sale in the Museum Store.