Discover Morristown, New Jersey: “The Military Capital of the American Revolution”
As a resident and Realtor© in the Morristown, New Jersey area and father of three school age children, I recommend spending the day in what has been called the ‘Military Capital of the American Revolution”. Below is an outline that you can follow during your visit. You will be able to tour George Washington’s headquarters, you will learn why George Washington chose Morristown, see where the Continental Army camped during the “Hard Winter” of 1789 and enjoy some great food along the way. Morristown is only 40 miles from Manhattan and is a wonderful place to live. If you are curious to learn about available properties in the area, please reach out to me below.
9:00am: Start your day with breakfast at either The Original Pancake House (831 Route 10, Whippany NJ) which is a great place for kids and offers a big delicious breakfast or at the Swiss Chalet (159 South Street, Morristown) which has lighter fare such as muffins, Danish etc. The Swiss Chalet is also a good lunch spot.
10:00am: After breakfast, head over to the Ford Mansion, a beautiful Georgian style home that served as George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution in the winter of 1779-80. As you walk through the mansion, you will feel like you have been transported back in time. Martha Washington spent time with George at the mansion. Alexander Hamilton was also at the mansion as Washington’s aide-de-camp. Tours are one hour long and start at 10am.
Location: 30 Washington Place, Morristown NJ
11:30-12:30: After you finish your tour of the mansion, drive to Jockey Hollow which is the site where George Washington’s troops were encamped in what has been called the “Hard Winter”. There were 24 snow storms during that year. There are many trails and fields and it is a wonderful place for children to walk or run around. You can also see a replica of a hut that the soldiers lived in.
Location: 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ
1pm: There are many great options for lunch in Morristown. Some of my children’s favorite restaurants include: The Creamery (146 South Street, Morristown), the Grasshopper (41-43 Morris Street, Morristown), Pomodoro Pizza (125 Morris Street, Morristown NJ) and George and Martha’s (67 Morris Street)
2:30pm: Your last stop on this tour should include, Fort Nonsense which is the highest point in Morristown and was built because George Washington wanted to build, ”a retreat in case of necessity”. Depending on the time of year, there are expansive views of the area.
Location: 2 Chestnut Street, Morristown NJ
Directions to Morristown from New York City: Take 78 West to NJ-24 West to I-287 South to Exit 35 onto Madison Ave.
For more information, or if you need a referral for a knowledgeable Realtor© in your area, contact:
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
211 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(O) 973-267-8990 x153