• Reenatctors try to stay warm outside soldier huts in Jockey Hollow

    Morristown

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Mandatory All Employee Staff Meeting

    The Visitor Center, Wick House, Museum and the Ford Mansion will be closed Friday Sept 5 from 11:30am to 2pm for a mandatory all employee meeting. Tours of the Ford Mansion will resume at 2pm. Sorry for the inconvience. Call 973-539-2016 ext.210 for info.

Disturbed Lands

Disturbances to the park’s forest resources are caused by both natural and human factors.

Examples of natural disturbance are the chestnut blight which killed most of the chestnut trees in the park in the early 1920s and the gypsy moth infestations of the 1960s and 1970s.

An example of human disturbance at Morristown NHP is the clearing of approximately 600 acres of forest land by George Washington’s soldiers to build over 1000 soldier huts. Some of the land that was cleared for soldier huts was kept cleared and used for agricultural purposes while the rest was allowed to reforest.

Did You Know?

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A Liberty Pole was a tall, straight pole, sometimes over 100 feet in height, often erected by patriots and under which the Sons of Liberty met. The Sons of Liberty was an organization started around 1765 in protest to British taxes and other outrages.