The last vestiges of the Highland Beach Resort threatened with collapse


Each of the 2 million bathers who flock to the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook each year will pass a forgotten, decrepit spot that tells a unique Jersey story.

It’s called the Sandlass House. It is the last remaining structure of Highland Beach Resort, which was founded in the 1870s as the first day-trip resort on the North Shore.

With bungalows and nightclubs, beaches and bathhouses, shopping and entertainment, the Highland Beach Resort has attracted thousands of tourists – first by steamboat, then by rail, then by car over decades.

Literally and figuratively, Highland Beach was the Jersey Shore’s tourism beachhead and shaped the state’s culture and identity in many ways.

All that’s left of the station is the Sandlass House – and it’s in trouble.

Recently placed on Preservation New Jersey’s list of New Jersey’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites, the house’s roof is in danger of collapsing and the house needs an enormous amount of work to make it habitable.

In today’s segment of Brian’s Positively New Jersey, Brian visits the site of the ghost station and talks to a former resident and author whose grandfather built the place from the woods of an old rollercoaster.


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