Road work on Washington Place Friday Sept 26th to Wednesday Oct 1st weather permitting
Expect delays arriving to Washington's HQ and Ford Mansion due to roadwork and repaving of Washington Place. Give yourself more time to arrive for tours of the Ford Mansion. Call 973-539-2016 ext.210 for updates if needed
Mandatory All Employee Staff Meeting on Friday October 3rd
The Visitor Center, Wick House, Museum and the Ford Mansion will be closed Friday Oct 3rd from 9am to 11am for a mandatory all employee meeting. Tours of the Ford Mansion will resume at 11am. Sorry for the inconvience. Call 973-539-2016 ext.210 for info.
During the 1930s, volunteers from local garden clubs planted seeds from native flowers along a trail in the park. This Wildflower Trail was enjoyed by many park visitors for decades. Unfortunately, many of these native plants no longer grow in the park. However, detailed records exist of the 1930 plantings.
In 1997 the National Park Service, Rutgers University and the Garden Club of America planted some of the documented native flowers along the trail, now known as the North Primrose Brook Trail. The plantings were fenced to prevent browsing. These test plots are monitored for herbivory, plant reproduction and spread.
The park's forests still support populations of native wild flowers though in reduced numbers from a few decades ago. Jack-in-the-Pulpit is still widespread in the park, although smaller in size than has previously been found. Partridgeberry, Bird's Foot Violet, Wintergreen and Shinleaf flourish in the park. White Snakeroot, which is poisonous to mammals, has spread widely throughout the park over the last twenty years.
Did You Know?
The Grand Union Flag, also called Congress Colors, First Navy Ensign, or Cambridge Flag, had 13 red and white stripes and a blue field in the upper left corner with the cross of St. George of England and the cross of St. Andrew of Scotland. It was the first flag of the American Revolution.