MORRISTOWN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK is a United States National
Historical Park , headquartered in
Morristown, New Jersey
The sites are located in Morristown and Harding Township , both in Morris County , and in Bernardsville in Somerset County .
With its establishment in March 1933, Morristown became the
National Historical Park
* 1 Sites * 2 Park history * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
JOCKEY HOLLOW , a few miles south of Morristown along Route 202 in Harding Twp. , was the site of a Continental Army encampment. It was from here that the entire Pennsylvania contingent mutinied and later, 200 New Jersey soldiers attempted to emulate them. Reconstructed troop cabins.
FORT NONSENSE occupied a high hilltop overlooking Morristown, and is believed to have been the site of a signal fire, along with earthworks.
THE FORD MANSION , in Morristown proper, was the site of the "hard
winter" (December 1779 – May 1780) quarters of
George Washington and
Continental Army . That winter remains the coldest on record for
New Jersey. Theodosia Ford , widow of Jacob Ford Jr. , and her four
children shared their household with Washington, his staff, including
WASHINGTON\'S HEADQUARTERS MUSEUM, the adjacent museum is open to the
public Wednesday thru Sunday from September–June and seven days a
week from July- August from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The museum has three
exhibit rooms and a sales area. A video production "Morristown: Where
America Survived" (
New Jersey Network/2009) is shown. The Ford Mansion
is shown only by guided tour which begin in the Museum.The Museum
hosted one of the events of the CelebrateHAMILTON 2015 program: hosted
The NEW JERSEY BRIGADE ENCAMPMENT SITE is located south of Jockey Hollow, mostly in Bernardsville , Somerset County . It was used by about 1,300 soldiers during the winter of 1779–80.
In April 1932, the National Park Service (NPS) published a report recommending that the site of the Continental Army 's winter encampments in 1776-77 and 1779-80 become a "Federal Historical Reserve"; the report included two sites: Jockey Hollow and the Ford Mansion.
In January 1933, a conference consisting of representatives of the NPS, the Secretary of the Interior, and civic and business leaders from the Morris County area, drafted a bill supporting the concept of a national historical park, with "the rank and dignity equal to the scenic program in the West."
The bill for creating the Morristown National Historical Park