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Morristown National Historical Park 'Wick House' © Tim Long
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Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park
30 Washington Place
Morristown, New Jersey   07960-4299

Morristown National Historical Park
'Wick House'

Jockey Hollow

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 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.

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.
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Nearby Accommodations
Whistling Swan Inn - Stanhope, NJBBs / Inns
Nestled in the beautiful Skylands Region of New Jersey, the house now known as The Whistling Swan Inn was built in 1905 by Justice of the Peace, Daniel Best, for his wife, Sarah. Come visit Northwest NJ's finest Victorian Inn Voted Top Ten BB in US by Inn Traveler Magazine
14.1 miles from park*
May 23 - August 9
"Extra Baggage": The Women and Children of the Continental Army
Washington lamented that the women and children of the Continental Army - the families of the soldiers -slowed down the army on the march but he knew that many had nowhere else to go. They often got jobs with the military performing essential tasks needed to keep the army going. Learn about the surprising roles that women and children played in the life of the Continental Army. 1:30pm to 4:00pm at the Soldiers Huts in Jockey Hollow.

Location: Soldier Huts, Morristown National Historical Park | Map

Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

May 23 - August 8
Fort Nonsense: Defenses of War
Shortly after victories at Trenton and Princeton, the Continental Army under George Washington arrived in Morristown in early January, 1777. Protected by the Watchung Mountains and the Great Swamp, it became the Army's winter camp. Join a park ranger at Fort Nonsense to see for your the advantages of this defensive site and learn how Fort Nonsense got its name.

Location: Fort Nonsense, Morristown National Historical Park

Time: 1:00 PM,2:00 PM,3:00 PM

June 13 - August 30
Soldier at the Huts
Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment and see the clothing, equipment, and weapons that a soldier used as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line.

Location: Soldier Huts at Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historical Park | Map

Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

June 20
Weft to Weave
Why didn't the colonists clothe the Continental Army? While learning the basics of weaving, discoer the amount of labor that was needed to make one outfit. Meet at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center.

Location: Jockey Hollow Visitor Center., Morristown National Historical Park

Time: 11:00 AM,1:00 PM,3:00 PM

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Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton , NJArts/Cultural/Drama
Peters Valley is a non-profit education center and gallery for craft arts. Tour the studios on weekends during summer. Workshops May to September, 2 to 5 days. Expert instructors from US and abroad. Commute or sleep over for a mini-vacation close-to-home. Wood turning, weaving, jewelry, ceramics, blacksmithing, photography, papermaking, beading and more.
34.4 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 13 very informative /educational
very enjoyable when they have the revolutionary war reenactments

Area Campgrounds
Fla-Net RV Park
20 Flanders Netcong Road
Flanders, NJ
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Holly Thorn House - Whitehouse Station, NJBBs / Inns
A lovely replica of an English country manor home which combines fine old inn-keeping tradition, gracious in every way and lending itself to all seasons. You can enjoy comfortable and serene Queen bedded rooms, furnished with the warmth of antiques, and all with private baths and phones.
16.3 miles from park*
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Plane - Closest major airport is Newark International Airport, located near Newark, NJ

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

Public Transportation - The New Jersey Transit - Morris & Essex Rail lines run from Penn Station, NY to Hoboken & Newark lines in NJ to Morristown, NJ.
Area Shopping
Peters Valley Craft Center Store - Layton , NJArts Crafts
The store at Peters Valley Craft Center offers original handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and home furnishings. Unique items from over 300 artists offer distinctive ideas to embellish the home, treat yourself, or to select for a gift. Visit the Gallery upstairs for our latest exhibit of fine art craft.
34.4 miles from park*

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