Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters and Museum, Morristown

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  • We hadn't planned this stop but with some time to spare the Interstate "brown" sign caught our attention and we're glad we stopped. We watched the visitor center movie of the Morristown encampment and...  read more »
  • This is an excellent venue to bone up on American colonial history. Volunteer docent gave the tour of Washington's headquarters. The NPS museum hosts a handful of galleries. They have a driving tour o...  read more »
  • The Morristown NHP helps further one's knowledge of what the US Continental Army went through during the Revolution's winters, especially the brutal 1779 - '80 one. You have to allow a fair amount of ...  read more »
  • Washington's headquarters museum and the Ford Mansion are part of 4 separate sites that make up the Morristown National Historical Park. In fact, these areas were the first 'national historical park', established in 1933. The museum is small, with 3 rooms of artifacts. We learned that General Washington was a sword collector, and the museum displays the sword he was wearing when he was inaugurated as the first POTUS. There are also historical items like furniture, clothing, games, and pamphlets from the late 18th century. Pamphlets were apparently like blogging back in the day. It's a pretty building, built in the 1930s by the same architect as the Jefferson Memorial in DC. Washington's home in Mount Vernon was used as inspiration. The entry fee is $7 per adult, kids under 15 yrs are free. Tickets are good for one week. The entry fee includes a guided tour of the Ford Mansion, which is the only way to see the house where Washington and his aides resided for the harsh winter of 1780. The guided tour is a must! The Ford Mansion (not from the same family as Ford Motors) was the largest house in the area at that time. The family who lived there had to move into a small area of the house to host General Washington and his staff for the winter. There are a few original pieces of furniture, and the park service has furnished the rest with period-appropriate pieces. There are two floors to tour in the mansion. Luckily, it was air-conditioned. The only part of the house missing was the temporary extension added by Washington's men, where his aides de camp lived and worked. We had a park ranger named Thomas Sobol on the 30-min tour, and he was very knowledgeable about the sites, and the war history in general. Highly recommended!
  • If you are on 270, take an hour and do the tour then grab a slice at pomodoros. I wouldn't plan a trip around this, but it is worth stopping to see if you are in the area.
  • Historical setting set in a relatively busy community but which offers seclusion. I find it an excellent venue to sit and think.
  • I love this Museum you should visit this place it's very educational and historical
  • Historical and informative. Great guided tour.
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