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Cannons and encampments at Morristown

The so-called Military Capital of the American Revolution, Morristown has been hallowed ground for patriots and followers of US history ever since it hosted some of the most pivotal moments in the wars of independence. Today, the enthralling story of how America prevailed over the British is spread across 4 sites, ranging from the winter encampments of the Continental Army in Jockey Hollow to the old living quarters of George Washington at Ford Mansion. Museums and historic homes add to the mix, while Morristown vacation rentals offer luxurious apartments between the cafés and churches of pretty South Street.

Journey back to the 1700s in Morristown

A visit to Morristown is all about uncovering the enthralling tale of the American Revolutionary War. The town is home to a quad of informative and immersive sites that show not only where the armies of Washington were camped during the harsh winters of 1779, but also the very buildings where tactics were formulated for the front. In addition to that, you'll be able to wander fortifications that played pivotal roles in the conflict, see reenactments on the battlefields, and tour classic mansion houses that once belonged to big players from the era.

It's all about the Morristown National Historical Park

There's always one attraction that comes top of the list for travelers here: The Morristown National Historical Park. This is spread over 4 individual sites. Start with Jockey Hollow on the wooded hills south of town, where you'll see the cannon-topped ridges that once protected the encampments of the Continental Army. Those with Morristown vacation rentals in the heart of town will be closer to The Ford Mansion part of the park. This is where George Washington weathered the so-called Hard Winter of 1779. And then there's the New Jersey Brigade Encampment Site, with its fascinating reconstructions and living huts.

Keep warm in the Morristown encampments

Because Morristown's main historical attractions are almost all out in the open fields and wooded hills of New Jersey, where the Continental Army once huddled between the snowdrifts of the Harsh Winter, it's a good idea to organize your vacation for the warmer months of the year. Coming sometime between June and August will mean you won't have to crack out the thermals to unravel the history of the American Revolutionary War, and you'll be able to enjoy the pretty summertime greenery of the Garden State right from the doorstep of your Morristown vacation rentals.

Morristown feathers out to rustic New Jersey

As the cobbled streets and old colonial-era market squares of Morristown leave off, the town slowly fades into the hilly backcountry of New Jersey. This is the setting for the undulating hills and ridges of the Morristown National Historical Park, not to mention the adjoining Lewis Morris Park. The latter of these is more focused on the outdoorsy side of things, with wiggling hiking trails and babbling brooks, all blanketed in woods, and carved through by the occasional waterfall to boot.