Orchard Management Plan
Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park is significant for its association with General George Washington and the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Between 1777 and 1782, areas of the park served as Washington 's headquarters and troop encampments, during which time over 16,000 troops camped in the Morristown area.
Jockey Hollow and the associated Wick Farm property of Morristown National Historical Park have a history of orchard use dating to before the American Revolution. By 1816 the orchard contained as many as one thousand trees, and over time various property owners have continued to manage an orchard at the site. Currently, the orchard occupies approximately ten acres and nearly two hundred trees of different varieties and ages. The existing orchard represents a Civilian Conservation Corps restoration project from the 1930s intended to reestablish the eighteenth century character of the site.
An orchard management plan for the site is being prepared to provide recommendations for preserving the historic character of the orchard through the implementation of a sustainable preservation maintenance program. The plan provides a contextual overview of the history of fruit growing in the United States to help frame the historical importance of the orchards at the park. Stewardship objectives for the orchard, consistent with the park's overall management plans, are provided to help inform resource management programs. Maintenance methods, techniques, and schedules guide ongoing field operations, and a record-keeping system is provided to document work accomplished and changes in condition over time.