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

    Morristown

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Morristown National Historical Park

Whether you are a frequent visitor or a first timer a little planning can go a long way and make your visit Morristown National Historical Park more enjoyable. Morristown NHP is comprised of four discontinuous areas. First being Washington's Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion. The second being Fort Nonsense. The third is the Jockey Hollow Encampment area which includes the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center and Wick House. The fourth is the New Jersey Brigade and Cross Estate Gardens located in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Please refer to the park map for more information: park map

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Washington's Headquarters at Christmas

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Washington Headquarters and Museum
30 Washington Place
Morristown, NJ 07960

The Ford Mansion is seen by guided tours available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Tours will begin at Washington's Headquarters Museum, tour size is limited to 20 visitors with a single ranger or guide. The average tour time is 30 to 45 minutes long and will take you through the Ford Mansion, where General Washington and his aids-de-camp spent six months starting in December 1779.

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Museum
Washington's Headquarters Museum
The Washington Headquarters Museum, designed by John Russell Pope, was completed in 1937 serves as the focal point for visitors to the park. The museum has a 30 minute film and three exhibit galleries.


American Style Gallery
- This gallery highlights the portion of the park's collection focusing on domestic topics. Fashion, entertainment, and everyday tasks associated with the homes of wealthy families like the Fords are displayed in engaging and thought-provoking vignettes which call to mind the era of the colonial and revolutionary periods. Of note in this gallery is an iconic Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington.

Military Life Gallery- This gallery highlights the portion of the park's collection focusing on the military aspect of the Revolutionary War. War naturally involves competing armed forces and the employment of traditional and cutting-edge weaponry. Through exhibits covering the known and unknown aspects of the military contest between America and Britain, visitors learn about tactics, weapons, strategy, and camp life by a mixture of artifacts and narrative text. Of note in this gallery is a genuine Ferguson rifle and a British cannon captured at the Battle of Princeton

The Lloyd Smith Gallery-This gallery highlights the portion of the park's collection focusing on the significant bequest made by one of the park's founding fathers, Lloyd W. Smith. Smith was a life-long collector and antiquarian who amassed a collection of over 300,000 manuscripts and rare books. The gallery currently offers a selection of pamphlets from the Smith collection which chronicles the beginning of the Revolution through to independence and beyond to commemoration. Of note in this gallery is a first edition of Thomas Paine's Common Sense and The Rights of Man published as a single volume.

 

Jockey Hollow
580 Tempe Wick Road (approximately)
Morristown, NJ 07960

Jockey Hollow is comprised of over 1500 acres of forested land with a little something for everyone.Here, you can hike over twenty miles of nature trails. Ranging from easy to moderate difficulty, these trails allow visitors to experience Jockey Hollow's pristine natural beauty while also exploring the site of the Continental Army's winter encampment of 1779-1780.Please check the signs for park hours as they change with the season or click here.

 
Visitor Center

Jockey Hollow Visitor Center

The Jockey Hollow Visitor Center is open 9:30am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. Watch the fifteen minute version of the film, Morristown: where America Survived, and learn about the significant role Morristown played in the War of American Independence.Connect, with other New Jersey-area Revolutionary-era historic sites, using the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area video kiosk. Located inside the Visitor's Center, this kiosk features videos about other relevant historic sites in the region, including Monmouth Battlefield State Park and Washington's Crossing State Park.

See, a replica of a soldier's hut, the 14'x16' wooden structure that 12 soldiers would have shared during their winter at Jockey Hollow. This exhibit gives visitors a first-hand look at a soldier's life during the eighteenth century.

 
Wick house with fall foliage

Wick House

Wick House, an authentic eighteenth century structure built in 1752. Originally owned by Henry Wick, a wealthy farmer, the house was used as a headquarters by Major General Arthur St. Clair of Pennsylvania during the Jockey Hollow Encampment. Today the house is fully furnished in eighteenth-century style and is staffed by a park ranger wearing a period costume.

Explore, the Wick House Garden. Maintained by the Herb Society of America's New Jersey Chapter, the Garden is home to a variety of herbs and other plants, all of which were used by Americans during the colonial period.

 
trails

Trails

Hike, over twenty miles of nature trails. Ranging from easy to moderate difficulty, these trails allow visitors to experience Jockey Hollow's pristine natural beauty, while also learning more about the history of the 1780 winter encampment.

Discover, five reproduction soldiers' huts as they would have stood at Jockey Hollow during the 1780 encampment. Located a mile north of the Visitor's Center along the yellow trail, these huts are a few examples of the roughly 1,000

huts the Continental Army constructed during their stay in the Morristown area.

 
View from Fort Nonsense

Fort Nonsense
Constructed during the 1777 encampment, Fort Nonsense commands stunning scenic vistas of Morris County and of the hills beyond. On a good, clear day visitors might be able to glimpse Manhattan. Sadly, no portion of the 1777 fort exists.

 
Cross Estate Mansion

The New Jersey Brigade and Cross Estate Gardens
Built in 1905 as Hardscrabble House and purchased in 1929 by Redmond and Julia Cross, the Cross estate today provides many of the same benefits to visitors as the Cross family sought over eight years ago. The meditative and manicured grounds are the perfect setting to read, relax, or enjoy the quiet lifestyle sought by the Cross'. Visitors will find a restored formal garden and trails.

 

Accessibility

For people with mobility impairments, the following visitor facilities are fully accessible to wheelchair users:

Washington's Headquarters Museum
Jockey Hollow Visitor Center.

The following walkways are paved:

from the visitor parking lot into the Washington's Headquarters Museum
from the visitor parking lot into the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center.

The Jockey Hollow section of the park has more than 11 miles of paved roads open for touring by private vehicle. Wayside exhibit panels along the route are partially accessible, on paths and in flat, grass covered areas.

The park film has open captions at both the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center and the Washington's Headquarters Museum.

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