Morristown, NJ was established in 1715 and was selected by General George Washington as his headquarters in 1777 due to its extremely strategic location (between Philadelphia and New York and close to New England), skills of the residents, local industries and natural resources (in the movie "The Patriot" when Mel Gibson asks where is General Washington the answer is "in Morristown").
The Continental Army was stationed in Morristown in the worst winter of the revolution – Dec. 1779 to June 1780. Even though most people believe that Valley Forge, PA was the worst the troops have suffered, the winter in Jockey Hollow was much worst; so bad that Washington had to take away the horses for fear that the men will eat them.
To complicate matters, money was low (so the troops didn’t get paid) and inflation was high, but in March 1780 George Washington declared St. Partick’s Day a holiday to honor his Irish troops.
What to see:
Ford Mansion – the carefully preserved Washington’s headquarters. Ford Mansion Tours 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.. The Ford Mansion is available by guided tour only. Tours begin at the Visitor Services Trailer
Fort Nonsense – the highest point rising above a relatively level plateau west of the Watchung Mountains on which Morristown was settled. The strategic point provides a clear view of the lands to the north, east, and south with a range of mountains arising directly to the west of the point. It was originally built at the order of General George Washington in 1777 for use during the American Revolutionary War
Jockey Hollow - the area where Washington troops stayed. Open All Year 9 - 5
The Wick House - served as officers quarters during each of the Continental Army's encampments. Tours daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Except when closed at lunch due to staff shortages and when school programs conducted; call for availability). House features a self-guided tour with a park employee in period dress.
Free - Nature Trail / Outside Exhibits
$4.00 - 7 Days
$15.00 – Annual
Schuyler-Hamilton House Museum - 5 Olyphant Place, Morristown, NJ 07960; Tel (973) 267-4039 – Home of Dr. John Cochran, Washington’s personal physician and where Alexander Hamilton courted Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuyler as Washington’s aid-de-camp (they later married).
The Green – is a small park in the middle of Morristown surrounded by shops, bars & restaurants. In the middle of The Green is a statue of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton greeting the Marquis de Lafayette