Vacation on Sandy Hook at Historic Fort Hancock, NJ!

Located in Gateway National Recreation Area on the Beautiful Jersey Shore

Our Sandy Hook Rental home is close to Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Gunnison Beach and more.

At the tip of lovely Sandy Hook, the magnificent homes of Officers Row at Fort Hancock will be available to rent for the first time in their storied history. The National Park Service has enabled these historic homes to be renovated as vacation properties, and the very first home was completed during the Summer of 2016. Both sides of this lovely duplex are now available for rent.

Be among the first to stay in this unique setting, surrounded by miles of sandy beach, nature trails and the history of Fort Hancock. In the shadow of the oldest lighthouse in the USA, you'll enjoy a vacation rental unlike anything you've ever experienced.

Here's The Latest Up-To-Date Information!

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May 9, 2020 — Our Doors Are Open!

Yes, we are open! Despite the current Covid-19 situation, we are indeed welcoming guests to our scenic, secluded and comfortable home on Sandy Hook Bay.

We're excited to announce that the United States Park Service has re-opened Sandy Hook, with safety considerations in place. The following is from the NPS website:

Beginning May 9, Gateway National Recreation Area will reopen access to the Sandy Hook Unit with certain restrictions in place.

The following sites will be open for passive recreation from 5 am to 7 pm daily:

  • Parking lots B, C, D, E, and G will be open at 50% capacity
  • Most trails including the Multi Use Path
  • Both ocean and bay-side beaches will be accessible for passive recreation (beaches will not be lifeguarded)
  • 2019 Fishing Permits will be honored for access.

Passive recreation includes activities such as:

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

Prohibited activities:

  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Group gatherings and activities

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Sandy Hook Campground
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Visitor Center
  • History House
  • Fort Hancock Museum
  • Guardian Park Picnic Area
  • Parking Lot A
  • North Beach / K Lot
  • All gun batteries and fortifications

With visitation and traffic to Sandy Hook still low, our secluded location is probably the safest place to be on the Jersey Shore. Our rates are lower than last year, and if you rent from us directly there are no short-term-stay or sales taxes, as per the Governor’s revised policy.

Looking to the Future…

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We don’t have any new neighbors on Officer’s Row yet, but our friend Barney hopes to be opening up a restaurant next to the lighthouse soon. It will be called McFly’s on the Hook, and will be serving a light fare of sandwiches, drinks, and ice cream. McFly’s will also do catering for special events. We can’t wait! We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for a brew pub in 2021 as the plans are underway. It would be near the chapel in the old Army mule barn.

Recently a group called Stillman Development International expressed interest in rehabilitating 21 historic neighboring buildings. We've voiced our concerns about the NPS handing over control of so many landmark structures to one entity at one time. We think that entity should be given a smaller number, say 7 at a time. That way, the landmark is less endangered if the developer fails to execute their proposal and there's less risk of multiple buildings being left in partial repair. We've seen this too many times over the years.

Remember: You too can have your own “free” mansion on the Jersey shore: www.forthancock21.org.

Drop us a line and let us know how you’re doing. We’ll be here for you. Contact us here.

Stay safe.

With gratitude, your hosts,
Brian Samuelson & Joe Dorsey

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We're Featured in Jersey Shore Magazine!

We're excited to have been featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Jersey Shore Magazine! We know we're a little biased, but we really feel that this wonderful article captured the essence of just how special our home is. We hope you'll enjoy the article, and consider contacting us to arrange a Sandy Hook vacation of your own.

Read the article (in PDF format) or go to Jersey Shore Magazine online!

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Historic Preservation Efforts Recognized

June 6, 2017 — The Monmouth County Historical Commission announces Brian Samuelson as the winner of the 2017 Preservation Award for his efforts completing the first preservation project at Fort Hancock! Read all about it on the Monmouth County website.

Come Along On This Comprehensive Video Tour Of Our Home!

Special thanks to videographer, historian and local talent John Schneider for this video.

Greetings from Sandy Hook / Fort Hancock and Happy New Year!

View from Sandy Hook Lighthouse

It's been over two years since we got our lease approved and completed our renovations. We want to thank you all for your business and support that made 2018 such a great year for us. We're humbled by the wonderful reviews from our guests, which we've linked to on our website. We hope to serve as an example and inspire others to save a house on Officer’s Row. There has been one other lease signed recently. We've even heard rumors about a brewpub! Fingers crossed on that one. We hope to have more neighbors out here sooner rather than later.

We're currently open and have a few winter guests, with bookings picking up for the rest of the year. Since we restored our home on Officer’s Row we've seen more activity out in Fort Hancock. The history house has re-opened, and the old post jail opened this fall as a museum. The lighthouse got some more restoration work done this past year and is looking great! The Park Service has also begun restoring roofs and porches on some of the Officer’s Row homes. This is all really great news.

Monmouth County has also come up with over $8 million to restore the old collapsed barracks, along with building #56 which is an old mess hall. It will be used as a gym and have additional classrooms for the magnet high school out there, known as MAST (Marine and Science Technology). Occupancy for that structure is targeted for 2021. It's our hope that 2019 will be an even better year for the landmark known as Fort Hancock.

Aerial Photo of Fort Hancock

On the “not so great news” front… New Jersey has enacted a new lodging tax, affecting all short term rentals. The law requires that the state’s sales tax of 6.625% be applied to all short term rentals that are either privately listed or arranged through online rental platforms such as AirBnB, VRBO or HomeAway. They have also enacted an "Occupancy Fee" of 5%. This adds 11.625% to our guests' bills. UGH! So this year we won't be raising our summer rates.

We hope to host you in our home this year. And remember... you too can have a “free" mansion on the Jersey shore. Visit forthancock21.org for more information. Complete details about renting our lovely home can be found right here on our website.

Your Hosts,
Brian Samuelson and Joe Dorsey

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