Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown, New Jersey 07960-4299
Headquarters Visitor Services
(973) 539-2016 ext. 210
Jockey Hollow Visitor Center
WELCOME to Morristown National Historical Park
"The monster hunger still attended us. Here was the army
starved and naked and there their country sitting still and expecting
the army to do notable things."
Such was the winter encampment at Morristown, New Jersey as seen by
Private Joseph Plumb Martin. The village served as quarters for the
Continental Army on two occasions; the winter of 1777 and again during
the Hard Winter of 1779-1780.
Morristown National Historical Park consists of three sites, the
Ford Mansion, Fort Nonsense, and Jockey Hollow that were important
during the American Revolutionary War, which began in 1775 and was
ended in 1783 by the Treaty of Paris.
Morristown is called the
military capital of the revolution because of its strategic location,
being the source for many essential supplies, and being used twice as
the winter headquarters for George Washington.
Jockey Hollow, a few miles south of Morristown, New Jersey, was
the site of a Continental Army encampment.
Fort Nonsense occupied a high hilltop overlooking Morristown,
and is believed to have been the site of a signal fire, along with
The Ford Mansion, atop a beautiful hilltop in Morristown was
the site of the "hard winter" (December 1779 - May 1780)
quarters of George Washington and the Continental Army. That winter
remains the coldest on record for New Jersey.
Theodosia Ford, widow of Jacob Ford, and her three children shared
their household with Washington, his staff, including Alexander
Hamilton, along with their servants and sometimes, their family
members. Martha Washington traveled to Morristown to spend the winter
with her husband.
Did You Know?
John Adams defended the British soldiers accused of murder after the
Boston Massacre so well, that a Massachusetts jury found six of the
eight not guilty by reason of self defense. Two were found guilty of
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