Morristown National Historical Park

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Morristown National Historical Park

30 Washington Pl., Morristown, NJ 07960
973-539-2016
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Property Description

America's first national historical park on 1,676 acres, including a three-mile tour road, 27 miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, 18th century farm and several reconstructed soldier huts. Tours, special events and re-enactments are held throughout the year. The park is home to Gen. George Washington's Headquarters (Ford Mansion), Fort Nonsense and Jockey Hollow. During two critical winters of the Revolutionary War, 1777 and 1779-80, the countryside in and around Morristown sheltered the main encampments of the American Continental Army. The National Park Service preserves sites in the Morristown area occupied by the Continental Army and interprets the history and subsequent commemoration of these encampments and the extraordinary fortitude of the officers and enlisted men under Washington's leadership. Washington twice chose Morristown due to its strategic location, including proximity to New York City, defensible terrain, important communication routes, access to critical resources and a supportive community. The park encompasses ground occupied by the army during the vast 1779-80 encampment and the site of the fortification from the 1777 encampment. The Ford Mansion, where Washington made his headquarters, is an important feature of the park and recalls civilian contributions to the winning of independence.

Directions

Washington's HQ and Museum, GPS = N 40º 47' 49.9 & W 074º 28' 01.3 Traveling S on I-287 take exit 36. N on I-287 take exit 36A. Jockey Hollow, GPS= N 40º 45' 46.6 & W 074º 32'33.2 From I- 287 S or N take exit 30B. At traffic light, turn right onto Rt. 202 N. Turn left at light for Tempe Wick Rd. (Rt. 646). Entrance to Jockey Hollow unit of Morristown NHP on right. Public Trans: NJ Transit train to Morristown. Walk from the train to the Washington's HQ unit of the park is about 1/2 mile.