Plan Your Visit
Morristown National Historical Park is comprised of four discontinuous areas with the Museum, Ford Mansion and Fort Nonsense in the northern part of the park and Jockey Hollow and the NJ brigade in the southern area. The two sections of the park are approximately 5 miles apart and require a vehicle to travel between. Please refer to the park map for more information: park map
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Washington Headquarters and Museum
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 sizes will be no more than 20 visitors with a single ranger or guide. The average tour time is 30 to 45 minutes long and will take you through the Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion, where General Washington and his aids spent six months starting in December 1779.
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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 is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you will find 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 Visitor Center
The Jockey Hollow Visitor Center is open 9am to 5pm daily.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, an exact replica of a soldier's hut, the 14'x16' wooden structure that 12 soldiers would have shared during their winter at Jockey Hollow. This interactive exhibit gives visitors a first-hand look at a soldier's life during the eighteenth century.
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 Sinclair 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.
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.
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The New Jersey Brigade and Cross Estate Gardens
For people with mobility impairments, the following visitor facilities are fully accessible to wheelchair users:
Washington's Headquarters Museum
The following walkways are paved:
from the visitor parking lot into the Washington's Headquarters Museum
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.
Give yourself time:
Washington's Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion
New Jersey Brigade
Mark your calendar for these fee-free dates in 2013:
Did You Know?
That Herbert Hoover signed the legislation to create Morristown National Historical Park. But it was under Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Works Progress Administration" that the Washington's Headquarters Museum was built.