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Consisting of four units, two in Morristown and two 6 miles southwest, Morristown National Historical Park includes the Ford Mansion (Washington's Headquarters), the site of Fort Nonsense, Jockey Hollow and the New Jersey Brigade Area. Gen. George Washington selected this easily defensible site for his military headquarters and the main encampment of the Continental Army of the Middle Colonies in the “Hard Winter” of 1779-80.
Despite starvation, disease and mutiny, he reorganized his weary and depleted forces almost within sight of strong British lines in New York. For a time this village was the U.S. military capital. Most park buildings are open Wed.-Sun. 9:30-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A combination ticket offering a guided tour of Ford Mansion and admittance to the museum and library is $7; under 16 free with adult. Phone (973) 539-2016, ext. 210.
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George Washington slept here during the winter of 1779-80.
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