Jersey Icon: Jockey Hollow

When my husband and I were in the beginning of our relationship, one of our first dates was to Jockey Hollow in Morristown. My then boyfriend, now husband, really enjoys the history of the Revolutionary War, and I had never been there before, so it was really interesting!

Jockey Hollow

Jockey Hollow, Morristown.
Credit: Wally Gobetz

There were re-enactors roaming the area answering questions and telling us about day to day life for the members of the 12,000-plus Continental Army, which remained at Jockey Hollow from October of 1779 until June 1780. During their time at Jockey Hollow, they endured some incredibly harsh winter weather; even worse than the winter at Valley Forge. Their housing was very small and simple and often housed more than 10 men at once. Desertions were not uncommon due to the harsh conditions.

Now, this historic area is a wonderful place to spend a day and learn about this important location in the Revolutionary War. The area makes up approximately 1,200 acres with walking tours, hiking and biking trails, and an apple orchard in addition to multiple historic buildings. There are re-enactments throughout the year and park rangers are always on hand to answer questions. At the end of the day, consider heading to The Green and have dinner at one of the great restaurants in Morristown.

So think about spending a nice fall day at Jockey Hollow and learn about this import historical location!

2 thoughts on “Jersey Icon: Jockey Hollow

  1. […] and the Continental Army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780. It includes Jockey Hollow, Washington’s Headquarters Museum, Ford Mansion, Fort Nonsense, and the Wick House. Each […]

  2. […] are many places I would love to live in my beloved state of New Jersey. Some of them include Morristown, for its connection to our nation’s history; Frenchtown, for its lovely town center full of […]

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