Although best known as the location of Gen. George Washington’s winter headquarters during the Revolutionary War, Morristown also offers many modern delights, including a friendly downtown with interesting shops, restaurants and entertainment.
All action starts at “the green,” the 200-year-old grassy oasis in the middle of the active downtown. Dating back to the 18th century, when it was a courthouse square, it’s still a community gathering place and a great site for a picnic or a game of catch.
Morristown National Historical Park is part of the region of NJ known as “The Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.” The park designates where Gen. George Washington and the brave but freezing and nearly starving Continental Army spent the winters of 1777-78 and the “cold hard winter” of 1779-80.
In addition to its historical sites, Morristown is rich in the arts. Arts and culture lovers should check out the Mayo Performing Arts Center, which pulls global talent to its stage. And there’s the Morris Museum, home to the world-renowned Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of finely crafted, animated mechanical musical instruments and automata. The museum also houses the Bickford Theatre and presents award-winning performances for all ages.