Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park

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Morristown National Historical Park

New Jersey

(973) 539-2016

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Overview

Morristown National Historical Park is a place to step back in time, all the way back to the Revolutionary War. During two critical winters of the Revolutionary War, 1777 and 1779-80, the countryside in and around Morristown, New Jersey sheltered the main encampments of the American Continental Army and served as the headquarters of its commander-in-chief, General George Washington. The National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park 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. General 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 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. The national park consists of four non-contiguous units: Washington's Headquarters with the Ford Mansion and Headquarters Museum, the Fort Nonsense Unit, the Jockey Hollow Unit, and the New Jersey Brigade Area. The Jockey Hollow Unit includes the Wick house (headquarters of General Arthur St. Clair), five reconstructed soldier huts, and approximately 27 miles of walking trails.

Map of Morristown

Latitude, Longitude: 40.762260, -74.543756

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Visitors can take in the historical sites by bike on one of the paved trails or paths.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails traverse the whole park, exploring the park's historical sites. There are trails for every skill level, including the low elevation 1-mile Red Trail and the strenuous 6.5-mile White Trail that circles the perimeter of the park. All the available trails and their respective difficulty levels are on the park map. There are also many walking tours of different historical buildings and locations.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding are popular winter sports.

Seasonality/Weather

Morristown National Historical Park buildings are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Park grounds will remain open.

Directions

Driving

Morristown is located along interstate 287 in New Jersey. Traveling south on 287, exit 36. Traveling north on 287, exit 36A.

Flying

The closest major airport is Newark International Airport, located near Newark, NJ

Public Transportation

The New Jersey Transit - Morris & Essex Rail lines run from Penn Station, NY to Hoboken & Newark lines in NJ to Morristown, NJ.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(973) 539-2016

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