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REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITES IN MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY

Morristown NJ Historic Sites
FORD MANSION (WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS NOVEMBER, 1779 - JUNE 23, 1780)
and
WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS MUSEUM

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Ford Mansion - Washington's Headquarters Nov 1779 - June 23, 1780
  
Washington's Headquarters Museum
 
Ford Mansion & Washington's Headquarters Museum
230 Morris Ave.
Map / Directions to the Ford Mansion
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Part of the Morristown National Historic Park
For more information, call the park at 973-543-4030
or visit their website www.nps.gov/morr

Museum Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ford Mansion Tours: 10 & 11am  and 1, 2, 3 & 4pm (Tours begin at Museum)


Admission: $4.00 cash or check
                       Under 16 years old free

Open Daily Except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
CLOSED WEDSNESDAYS UNTIL MEMORIAL DAY 2014

The Ford Mansion was used as General Washington's Headquarters from November, 1779- June 23,1780.

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JOCKEY HOLLOW ENCAMPMENT AREA
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Jockey Hollow Encampment Area
Jockey Hollow Rd.
Morristown National Historic Park
Map / Directions to the Jockey Hollow Encampment Site
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973-543-4030
Morristown National Historic Site Website

Park Hours:
   March 22 - April 19th, 2014: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
   April 20 - Sept. 19, 2014: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
   Sept. 20 - Oct. 18, 2014: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
   Oct. 19 - November 1, 2014: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
   Nov. 2, 2014 - Feb. 21, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park grounds are open 365 days a year, except at times of extreme weather.
The driving tour road closes 30 minutes before the park grounds.

Jockey Hollow was used as a camp by ten to twelve thousand soldiers during the winter of 1779-80, while Washington was headquartered at Ford Mansion.

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Jockey Hollow Visitors Center
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Jockey Hollow Visitors Center
Inside Jockey Hollow Encampment Area / Morristown National Historic Park

Visitors Center Hours:
   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
   Will be closed on Wednesday's until Memorial Day, 2014
   Closed Thanksgiving Christmas & New Year's

The Visitor Center offers a starting point to exploring Jockey Hollow. A small theatre inside the Visitors Center shows a 15 minute film about the 1779-1780 winter encampment, narrated by Edward Herrmann. This short film provides a background to the story, and so it is good to watch it before walking or driving through the park.

The other main attraction is a replica of the inside of a soldier's hut. The exhibit gives an idea of what it was like for the men who lived 12 per hut during the encampment.

There is also a book and gift shop, park brochures/maps, and restrooms.

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Soldier Huts Recreations at the Pennsylvania Line
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Inside Jockey Hollow Encampment Area / Morristown National Historic Park

There are many historic markers throughout Jockey Hollow explaining various aspects of the Jockey Hollow encampment.  There are recreations of soldiers huts.

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Wick House
Tempe Wick House
Wick House
Inside Jockey Hollow Encampment Area / Morristown National Historic Park

The Wick House is open based on staffing availability.
The park advises that you call 973-543-4030 on the day of your visit
to confirm if the Wick House will be open that day.

 

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Joshua Guerin House
Guerin House
Joshua Guerin House
Jockey Hollow Rd. and Sugar Loar Rd.
At the eastern side entrance to Jockey Hollow Encampment Area

The Guerin House is used by park staff,
and is not open to the public.

Near the Jockey Hollow Road entrance, stands the Joshua Guerin House (Shown below, top row).  Parts of the house stood here during the Jockey Hollow encampment, and the soldiers occupied parts of blacksmith Joshua Guerin's land. [2] The Guerin House is used by the Park Service and is not open to the public.

Joshua Guerin is buried at the Morristown Prebsyterian Church Cemetery (see lising below on this page)

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GENERAL WASHINGTON STATUE
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General Washington Statue
Morris Ave., between Valley View Dr. and Washington Ave.
Across from Ford Mansion
Map / Directions to the General Washington Statue
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Across Morris Avenue from the Ford Mansion is a magnificent statue of General Washington on horseback. This is one of four great Revolutionary War sculptures in Morristown.  (The other three are shown below in The Green and Burnham Park entries.)

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WASHINGTON'S LIFE GUARD CAMP SITE MONUMENT
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Washington's Life Guard Camp Monument
Morris Ave. and Washington Ave.
Across from Ford Mansion
Map / Directions to the site of the Life Guard Camp
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Across from Ford Mansion, and to the left of the General Washington statue is a boulder marking the spot where the men of Washington's Life Guard were encamped. The plaque reads, "Life Guard Camp - On this site the Commander In Chief's Guard was encamped from December 1779 to June 1780. The Guard was re-organized in Morristown during the first encampment in 1777 and again in 1780. Washington made his headquarters in the Ford House opposite."[1]

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THE GREEN
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The Green
West, North, East, and South Park Pl.
Map / Directions to the Morristown Green
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The sign in front of the church reads:
"The Green - 1715. Site of Morris County's two earliest court houses. The green, purchased in 1816 from the Presbyterian Church, owned and continuously administered by the trustees of the Morristown Green. " [3]

There are several markers and signs throughout The Green explaining points of historical interest, including ones related to the Revolutionary War.

Within the Green are 2 beautiful pieces of sculpture.
One is a life size group of statues of George Washington, Colonel Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette.  The statue group represents the moment of Lafayette informing Washington and Hamilton on May 10, 1780 in Morristown that the French are coming to support the American cause. [4]

The other is a sculpture called Patriots Farewell that sits atop a fountain on the west side of the park. "A monument to the New Jersey militia and their families whose sacrifices created a strong and enduring nation. Fountain Design by R.R. Deskovick, Family Benefactors, Sculptures by Robert St. Croix. 2001."[5]

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SITE OF JACOB ARNOLD'S TAVERN - WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS, JANUARY - MAY 1777
Jacob Arnold's Tavern
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Jacob Arnold Tavern Site
20 North Park Pl.
At the Green, in front of Charles Schwab
Map / Directions to the Jacob Arnold House

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"Site of Col. Jacob Arnold's Tavern. It was used as Washington's Headquarters January - May, 1777. Troops were in Lowantica Valley. " [6]

Jacob Arnold is buried in the Morristown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. (Shown Below).

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Morristown Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
57 East Park Pl.
Map / Directions to the Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
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Morristown Presbyterian Church Website

"First erected in 1738. In 1777 the church was used as a hospital for soldiers during a smallpox epidemic General Washington at that time took communion with the congregation in the orchard of the parsonage of Dr. Timothy Johnes. [7]

A boulder plaque in the cemetery pays tribute to three members of the Ford family (of the Ford Mansion / Washington's Headquarters 1779/1780) who are buried here. The text of the plaque reads: [8]

Colonel Jacob Ford, Sr.      
Prominent Land-Holder and Iron Manufacturer / Member of New Jersey House of Assembly / Judge of Morris County Court
Ardent Promoter of American Cause of Revolutionary War
Born April 13, 1704       Died January 19, 1777

Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr.
Pioneer in Colonial Iron Works and Powder Manufacturing  /  Commander of Eastern Battalion, New Jersey Militia 1776-77
Buried with Military Honors, General Washington in attendance at the Funeral
Born February 19, 1738        Died January 10, 1777

Theodosia Ford
Widow of Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr.  /   Washington and his official family were her guests during the winter of 1779-80, while the continental army was encamped at Morristown
Born September 13, 1741        Died August 31, 1824

Other Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in this cemetery, including: [8]

Colonel Jacob Arnold
Owner of Arnold's Tavern,
Washington's 1777 Headquarters

December 14, 1749 - March 1, 1827
Captain Light Horse  Cavalry
Morris County East Battalion

Silas Condict
1738 - 1825
Member of the Provincial Congress, N.J.
Drafted the first constitution of N.J.

Col. William DeHart
1746 - 1801
Major, 1st Battalion, New Jersey 
Lieut. Colonel, 2nd Regiment, Continental Army

Peter Dickerson
1724 - 1780
Captain 3rd New Jersey Regiment
Member of First Provincial Congress NJ

John Doughty
1754 - September 16, 1826

Jonathan Ford
Nov. 9, 1733 d. July 12, 1817

Joshua Guerin
Died April 11, 1808, Aged 70
Sergeant - Morris County Militia
House is at entrance to Jockey Hollow - see entry above on this page.

John Gwinnup
1749 - 1777
NJ Militia

Timothy Johnes Jr.
September 27, 1748 - October 13, 1818
Surgeon Morris County Eastern Battalion

Joseph Lewis
1748 - 1814
Paymaster NJ Militia

John Lindsley
1728 - 1784
Captain Morris County Militia

Major Joseph Lindsley
1736 - 1822
'The Powder Maker'

John Mills
February 25, 1746 - September 24, 1837

Timothy Mills
1718 -  March 4, 1803
House is on Mills St - See entry lower on this page.

John Oliver
April 22, 1758 - September 22, 1831
Captain Morris County Militia Eastern Battalion

Samuel Oliver
1732 -1811
Captain Morris County Militia Eastern Battalion

Ebenezer Stiles
1726 - 1814
Not a soldier, but his House in nearby Morris Plains quartered lighthorsemen in 1780

The Church's website contains a list of an additional 71 Revolutionary War soldiers who are known to be buried here, but whose grave locations are unknown. This list can be found here

During the 1777 Morristown encampment, approximately 150 soldiers who died of smallpox were buried here. A DAR stone pays tribute to them.

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Artillery Park Site
Mendham Ave. near Jones Dr.
Map / Directions to the Artillery Park Site
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The sign reads:
"Park of Artillery - Artillery brigade cantonment commanded by General Henry Know hutted near this site during second winter encampment of Continental Army in 1779-1780." [9]

The bolder plaque reads:
"The artillery under General Henry Knox and the artificers under Colonel Jeduthan Baldwin were encamped on this hillside during 1779-80. The soldiers were housed in huts. The guns were parked along this road. The horses were pastured in what is now Burnham Park." [10] (See next entry for Horses Pasture in Burnham Park)

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HENRY KNOX ARTILLERY HORSES PASTURE SITE
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Burnham Park

Henry Knox Artilery Horses Pasture Site
On the west side of Burnham Park
Burnham Pky.
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On the Burnham Parkway side of the park is a monument that reads:
"Brigadier General Henry Knox, in command of the artillery of the Continental Army used the field now covered by these ponds as pasture for the artillery horses. His soldiers lived in log huts erected on the hillside to the west. "[11]

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THOMAS PAINE MONUMENT
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Burnham Park

Thomas Paine Monument
On the southeast side of Burnham Park
Burnham Pky.
Map / Directions to Burnham Park
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This striking statue of Thomas Paine stands across the park from the Henry Knox Artilery Horses Pasture Site.  The scultpure was George J. Lober, and it was dedicated July 4, 1950. [12] This is one of two statues of Thomas Paine in New Jersey; the other is in Bordentown.

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SCHUYLER-HAMILTON HOUSE
Also known as the Campfield House

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Schuyler-Hamilton Home
5 Olyphant Pl.
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Open for Tours:
Sundays 2-5 p.m.

The sign reads:
"Campfield House - Circa 1760 - Home of Jabez Campfield, where Alexander Hamilton courted Betsy Schuyler in 1780. Her uncle, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, Dr. John Cochran, quartered  here." [13]

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FORT NONSENSE
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Fort Nonsense
Off Chestnut St.
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Open:
Spring - Summer: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fall - Winter: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The stone reads:
"This stone marks the site of Fort Nonsense and earth-work built by the Continental Army in the winter of 1779-80." [14]

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SITE OF NORRIS TAVERN
Also Known as Dickerson Tavern
Norris Tavern
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Norris Tavern Site
Spring St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.
Map / Directions to Norris Tavern Site

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The historic marker on the building reads:
"Site of Norris or Dickerson Tavern, in which Benedict Arnold was tried December 23, 1779 - January 26, 1780. " [15]

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POWDER MILL SITE
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Powder Mill Site
On the Patriot Path walking trail
Access the path from the parking lot at 25 Lindsley Dr. - the site is a short walk on the path from here
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Historic signs at the site explain:
"Powder Mill 1776 - New Jersey's Revolutionary War powder mill, built near this site by Jacob Ford, Jr. in 1776. Supplied critically needed gun powder to the Continental Troops." [16]

"During the American Revolution, a Gunpowder mill on this site provided this critical commodity to General Washington's troops. It was one of only three sources of Gunpowder available to them during this time." [17]

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TIMOTHY MILLS HOUSE
Timothy Mills House
Captain Timothy Mills

Timothy Mills House
27 Mills St.
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This house is a private residence.
Please respect the privacy and property of the owners.

Constructed in 1740, this is the oldest house in Morristown which stands on its original site. It was the home of Timothy Mills, who served in the Morris County Militia during the Revolutionary War. He is buried at the Morristown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. (See listing above on this page.)

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Sansay House
17 DeHart St
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This house is a private residence.
Please respect the privacy and property of the owners.

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Sources:

1. ^ Plaque erected by Tempe Wicke Society / Children of the American Revolution in 1932

2. ^ Morristown National Historic Park sign.

3. ^ Morris County Heritage Commission sign

4.  ^ Plaque at the base of the sculpture group

5.  ^ Plaque on the back of the Patriots Farewell fountain.

6. ^ Morris County Heritage Commission sign

7. ^ Plaque on the front of the church (sign is now obscured by bushes)

8. ^ Erected by F. Gualdo Ford - 1940

8. ^ Information was drawn from gravestones, several explanatory signs in the cemetery, and information in the Our Historic Graveyard section of the Presbyterian Church of Morristown website (which was complied by Scott Shephard).

9. ^ Morris County Heritage Commission sign

10. ^ Plaque erected by Tempe Wicke Society / Children of the American Revolution in 1932

11. ^ Text on the plaque of the General Knox artillery monument in Burnham Park.

12. ^ Inscription on the back of the monument

13. ^ Morris County Heritage Commission sign

14. ^ Boulder inscription at Fort Nonsense

15. ^ Town of Morristown plaque

16. ^ Morris County Heritage Commission sign

17. ^ Sign on the tree next to the Morris County Heritage Commission sign. It does not specify who placed the sign, but it appears to be additional information added by the Morris County Heritage.