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  • 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.

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

For additional directions to any of the sites listed below, please click here

Washington's Headquarters at Christmas


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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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 is open 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
Approx 600 Tempe Wick Road
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 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 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.



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.



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.

Hiking yellow trail

Yellow hiking trail in Jockey Hollow


Give yourself time:

Jockey Hollow
Visitor Center 30 minutes
Wick House 30 minutes
Hiking Trails 1 hour or more depending on the distance you plan to hike. For more information click here

Washington's Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion
Museum approximately 1 hour
Ford Mansion-Washington's Headquarters tours are approximately 30 to 45 minutes. For more information click here

Fort Nonsense
15 minutes to enjoy the view over looking Morristown. For more information click here

New Jersey Brigade
Hiking Trails 1 hour or more depending on the distance you plan to hike. For more information click here


Mark your calendar for these fee-free dates in 2014:

January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 15- 17
Presidents' Day Weekend

April 19-20
Start of National Parks Week

August 25
National Park Service's Birthday

September 27
National Public Lands Day

November 11
Veterans Day

Did You Know?

line of battle

A Line of Battle was the standard 18th century troop formation. It generally consisted of a double row of men which allowed one row to fire as the other row reloaded.