New Jersey

Washington's Headquarters Museum & Ford Mansion

Built in 1774, this house was the home of Jacob Ford, Jr., and briefly served George Washington as his headquarters during the winter of 1779-1780. The Georgian-style house is furnished to reflect how it might have looked during the war when it was in use by Washington, his wife Martha, soldiers, servants, and other visitors. The house is open for guided tours (20 visitors per tour); groups can also visit the nearby museum building, which has additional exhibits of furniture, weapons, and historical documents from the 18th century. Visits to this site can be combined with a trip to nearby Jockey Hollow.
 
Contact Info
Address: Morristown National Historic Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960. Morris County. Tel: 973-539-2016 ext. 210. Email: morr_interpretation@nps.gov. Website: www.nps.gov/morr. Hrs: Wed.-Sun. 9:30AM-5PM. Same Day Booking.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Free/Fee. 
  
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue