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National Historical Park - New Jersey

Morristown National Historical Park, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, consists of four sites important during the American Revolutionary War: Jockey Hollow, the Ford Mansion, Fort Nonsense and the New Jersey Brigade Encampment site. 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 country's first National Historical Park.



Official visitor map of Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) in New Jersey. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Morristown - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) in New Jersey. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Detail of the official visitor map of Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) in New Jersey. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Morristown - Visitor Map Detail

Detail of the official visitor map of Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) in New Jersey. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morristown_National_Historical_Park Morristown National Historical Park, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, consists of four sites important during the American Revolutionary War: Jockey Hollow, the Ford Mansion, Fort Nonsense and the New Jersey Brigade Encampment site. 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 country's first National Historical Park. Morristown National Historical Park commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the coldest winter on record. The park also maintains a museum & library collection related to the encampments & George Washington, as well as items relating to pre- and post-Revolutionary America. Morristown National Historical Park is easiest to see by car. There are four different sites throughout the greater Morristown area. Washington's Headquarters Museum / Ford Mansion and Fort Nonsense are located in Morristown. The Jockey Hollow unit with its visitor center and historic Wick House; and the New Jersey Brigade Area are both about 6 miles south of Morristown, Detailed directions can be found on the park website. Jockey Hollow Visitor Center This one story brick and glass structure came to the park during the preparations for the Bicentennial. Inside, visitors will find an information desk, bookstore, a painted mural depicting Jockey Hollow during the 1779 encampment, and a full scale replica of the log huts Continental Soldiers lived in. Guided tours of the nearby Wick Farm House usually begin here. The restrooms can be accessed from the exterior doors, and remain open after the visitor center closes. Washington's Headquarters Museum Built by the National Park Service in the 1930s, the Washington's Headquarters Museum contains numerous artifacts about the American Revolution. There are three galleries, an auditorium, a theater, and the Discover History Center. The museum often hosts special exhibits and programs. Situated just behind the historic Ford Mansion that served as Washington's headquarters for six months, guided tours of the home begin in the museum as well. Enter the parking lots via Lafayette Ave, just before the on-ramp to US-287 South. Please observe the One Way signs around the park. Wick House The Wick House surrounded by colorful fall leaves The Wick House in the fall. Washington's Headquarters Museum The front facade of the Washington's Headquarters Museum The front facade of the Washington's Headquarters Museum, which was designed in 1933 to look similar to Washington's Mt Vernon home. Replica Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow Four replica wooden soldier huts on a hillside in winter These replica soldier huts represent the location of the Pennsylvania Brigade encampment site in Jockey Hollow Cross Estate Mansion and Gardens The Cross Estate mansion in the springtime The Cross Estate property was the site of the New Jersey Brigade winter encampement in 1779-1780. Today the encampment site is preserved while the estate is host to several beautiful gardens. Jockey Hollow Visitor Center View of the front facede of the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center--a dark brown brick buildings View of the front facade of the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center Wick House Kitchen Garden Garden with flowers and plants and 18th century farm house in background A 18th century style kitchen garden with vegetables and herbs Ford Mansion with Washington Statue White georgian/colonial building with statue of officer on horse in foreground The Ford Mansion where General Washington headquartered during the winter of 1779-80 View from Fort Nonsense Overlook with cannon in foreground Fort Nonsense--the site of an earthen fort during the American Revolution-offers a view toward New York City Ford Mansion A white colonial building with snow in the foreground and a blue sky and trees in the background The Ford Mansion was the headquarters for General George Washington during the "Hard Winter" of 1779-1780 NETN Species Spotlight - Your Flowers, Shrubs, and Plants Native species - birds, insects, plants, etc - need our help. 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A handful of women began to get seasonal ranger-naturalists positions at large national parks for the first time in two decades. Ann Livesay in her NPS uniform standing in front of a low wall at the edge of the Grand Canyon. St Patrick's Day 1780 in Jockey Hollow The Continental Army soldiers wintering in Jockey Hollow suffered through a miserable season of starvation and uncertainty. They were afforded no relief from the work of camp, even for holidays, except one... A red flag depicting a stylized harp and "The Independence of Ireland" Species Spotlight - Dragonflies Dragonflies have incredible powers of flight and vision. Learn how they use these to catch just about anything they want on the wing. Dragonfly nymph. Recipes for 18th Century New Jersey The people of North America prepared their foods in different ways according to their culture, class, and region. 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