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Washington's Headquarters

Washington's Headquarters

214 Morris St., Morristown, New Jersey
973-539-2016 ext. 210
Category: Attractions

Washington's Headquarters at Morristown National Historical Park

Visit Morristown National Historical Park, home to the landmark Ford Mansion, George Washington's Headquarters and a museum that celebrates Washington's one-year stay through a variety of interesting exhibits, house tours, activities and events. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of forested land, a visitors center and the authentic 18th century Wick House & Garden, the Jockey Hollow portion of the National Park offers plenty of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy after exploring the historic Ford home and Washington's Headquarters Museum in Morristown proper.


Hours -

Museum is open daily from 9am-5pm with house tours available throughout the day.

Prices -

$4 per person, children under age 16 enter free. Cash or check only.

Events -

Ranger history talks, Soldier's knapsack events, Slideshow presentations,Nature discovery hikes


  • Museum
  • Hiking & horseback riding
  • Mansion tours
  • Visitors center
Before you go

Architectural Style

This 1774 mansion was built in the classic Georgian style, with a stunning Palladian window above the door, painted clapboard siding, a grand hall and decorative moldings. The home was one of the largest in the city and its elaborate ornamentation was designed to showcase the owner’s wealth and influence.

Status as George Washington’s Headquarters

Washington used the Ford Mansion as his headquarters from 1779-1780. With an ideal location close to Philadelphia and New York City, the mansion was perfectly situated for surveillance of the British and for sending communications to the Continental Congress.


  • What is the actual name of Washington’s Headquarters and who was the original owner?

    The Ford Mansion was the home of Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr., commander of the Morris County Militia, and leader of the troops that captured a bronze cannon from the British army during a battle at Princeton, NJ.
  • Why did George Washington choose Morristown and the Ford Mansion as his headquarters?

    Washington liked the area because of its "defensible terrain, important communication routes, and access to critical resources." The Ford family’s businesses in iron, hemp, gunpowder and milling were essential to advancing their cause.

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