Coming in October, 2014!
This flag has now become the most photographed spot on the hill!
1893 44-STAR FLAG
When the first official Pledge of Allegiance ceremony was held at the Twin Lights on April 25, 1893, the American flag had 44 stars—like the one hanging here. This flag actually hung in a public building in upstate New York. Look closely and you will notice that it is actually a 43-star flag. The 44th star was added at the time in the lower right corner by hand as a cost-saving measure.
WHY IS IT HANGING BACKWARDS?
This flag was originally designed to be displayed with the stripes pointing downward and the stars at upper left. We have rotated it 90 degrees clockwise to show the side the public would have seen 121 years ago.
The Twin Lights Museum is in the process of developing and installing a new and modern "state of the art" museum exhibit. The cases that were in the museum exhibit area have been relocated throughout the site, the museum walls have received a fresh coat of paint and a new hard wood floor has been installed. Stop by for a visit, climb the tower, take a glance at our new floor and spend some time in the Generator Building.
Superintendent Dave Donnelly carrying in one of 77 boxes that contain the new flooring for the Twin Lights Museum.
The new floor is almost complete.
Over the winter, artifacts were removed from the Museum Exhibit Cases and are now in storage. Don’t worry, they won’t be gone for long. The cases, with their artifacts, are being relocated throughout the site as we expand our interpretive program.
The Move to Safe Storage
Chuck Gullage and Keith Marley preparing to move the range lens to safe storage.
Twin Lights Historical Society Volunteers
On April 12, the Twin Lights Historical Society held their 25th Annual Volunteer Luncheon. We thank all of our volunteers for their many years of service. Without you we would not be one of the state's premier historic sites.
Exhibits, Events and News
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. Weather permitting. This activity is based on staff availability. Please call in advance if you are making a special trip to the site.
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.
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More than 1,000 friends of the Twin Lights stay connected through our quarterly e-Newsletter. It covers all the news, events and people who make this such a special place. The e-Newsletter also alerts you to upcoming events and programs, special membership and volunteering opportunities, new exhibits, and special sales in the Museum Shop.
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When you get connected through an annual membership, you’ll become a Friend of Twin Lights and a member of the Twin Lights Historical Society. You will receive discounts at the Museum Shop and special deals at local shops and restaurants. And you’ll automatically be kept up to date on meetings, new acquisitions and special events through the Lighthouse Log e-newsletter.
One hundred percent of your dues and donations go toward preserving and enhancing this National Historic Landmark!
Become a member by calling the lighthouse and requesting a membership application. Or Click Here to go to our Membership Page> Thank you!