Rockingham State Historic Site

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Rockingham State Historic Site

84 Laurel Ave., Kingston, NJ 08528

Property Description

General George Washington's last wartime headquarters, from late August to early November 1783. Children's museum open - school tours. Regular tours Wed. - Sat., 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm. Sun., 1 pm, 2 pm, 3pm. The home of NJ Judge John Berrien and his family, rented by Congress (who were meeting in Princeton at this time) for Washington, where he wrote his "Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States," in which he thanked and acknowledged admiration for the Continental soldiers and announced his retirement from public service (or so he thought!). While staying here, he received word of the definitive Treaty of Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War. The house has been restored and furnished with period pieces and Washington military reproductions. A children's museum is open for school tours and the museum store is open for special events. 18th-century kitchen garden with herbs, vegetables and berry bushes during growing season, apple orchard nearby.


Located in Franklin Twp., Somerset Co., on Laurel Ave. / Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. / Rt. 603, approximately 1 mile N. of Rt. 27 in Kingston, NJ and 1 mile S. of Rt. 518 in Rocky Hill, NJ. About 4-5 miles NE of Princeton, NJ.