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Washington Headquarters Museum entrance
Ford Mansion in winter
Museum Military gallery
The view from Fort Nonsense
View from Fort Nonsense
Jockey Hollow entrance
Wick House at Jockey Hollow
Soldier Huts in winter
Winter encampment at the Soldiers Huts in Jockey Hollow
Cross country skiing in Jockey Hollow
America’s first national historical park features two original structures, the Ford Mansion in Morristown and the Wick House in Jockey Hollow.
Ford Mansion at Washington’s Headquarters
The well-preserved Ford Mansion was originally built in 1772. It served as General Washington’s military headquarters for six months during the winter of 1779-80. Today, visitors can tour the mansion and grounds to view the home’s intricate furnishings and astounding 18th century décor much as it was in Washington’s days.
The Ford Mansion is one of the park’s two original structures. This historic mansion is set on 16 acres of land along with the Washington’s Headquarters Museum.
Washington’s Headquarters Museum
The winter of 1779-80, the most severe of the century, brought great suffering to the Continental Army in Morristown. General Washington demonstrated his leadership by holding the army together and creating a cohesive, united front. It was one of his greatest triumphs, and history fans can learn all about it at Washington’s Headquarters Museum through an introductory video and four exhibit galleries, including the interactive “Discover History Center.”
Jockey Hollow Visitor Center and Colonial Kitchen Garden
There are approximately 27 miles of walking trails in beautiful Jockey Hollow. The staffed visitor center has a furnished full-scale soldier hut display, information on the natural aspects of the park, and a large wall mural depicting the 1779-1780 encampment. Visitors can then hike up to the replica soldier huts to see them in person.
The 1750 Wick House in Jockey Hollow is one of two original structures in the park. The Wick House is set up today just as it was when it served as the headquarters for Major General Arthur St. Clair in the winter of 1779-80.
Washington’s troops built this fort in the spring of 1777, on what was then called Kinney’s Hill. Its purpose was as a lookout to protect the main roads leading north and south in order to preserve Morristown as a wintertime military storehouse. Seven exhibits and a small monument now commemorate the structure, which was never used for its original use as a communications tower which would be lit to warn of a British approach.
Of Special Note:
• In addition to George Washington, the Ford Mansion was also home to Alexander Hamilton at one point
• The exact origin of the nickname “Fort Nonsense” is unknown
• Washington’s army cut down 600 acres of trees on the Wick property to build cabins and use as firewood that fateful winter
No fee to enter the park’s areas.
Park hours change seasonally. Please check the website for updated info: https://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/hours.htm