American Revolution Destinations in Northern New Jersey

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Fort Lee

In this riverside city, you can scout out a reconstructed American Revolutionary War encampment in Fort Lee Historic Park. Named in honor of General Charles Lee, this site is significant for the November 1776 confrontation between General Washington’s Continental Army and the band of British Troops advancing from across the Hudson. 

Top tips: Plan your visit with plenty of time to explore before sundown and keep Fido at home because the park is only open during daylight hours and pets are not permitted. Also, have your camera or smartphone handy to snap stunning photos of this clifftop park’s sweeping views of the George Washington Bridge, Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.

Springfield

This quiet residential community played host to the American Revolution’s final Northern showdown. Begin your Battle of Springfield sojourn at the aptly-named Cannon Ball House, home of the Springfield Historical Society. Then venture out to three nearby cemeteries where many of the skirmish’s heroes lay at rest, the Colonial Church that played a key role in the fight and, finally, the Rahway Bridge, where a memorial plaque for Colonel Israel Angell proudly hangs.

Morristown

Make it a day of it in Morristown, home to a bustling downtown, local cultural scene and Morristown National Historical Park. As you navigate this American Revolution landmark, there are four points of interest to check off your list:

  • Fort Nonsense: The fortification General Washington ordered built in 1777 that never saw a moment of combat throughout our long fight for independence. Fort Nonsense Hill is open to visitors, but surrounded by private property, so please explore courteously.
  • Ford Mansion: Where Washington and his officers, including Aide-De-Camp Alexander Hamilton, maintained their headquarters and resided in style, beginning December 1779. You can walk through the mansion on a guided tour and dig a little deeper into the story at the museum.
  • New Jersey Brigade Area: Finding no camp site near Ford Mansion, the New Jersey troops built log cabins on this hillside spot to survive brutal conditions in the winter of 1779. Accessed by hiking trail, this historic site is marked with interpretive signs.
  • Jockey Hollow Encampment Area: Here, you can stroll along the Grand Parade—site of the camp administrative center, and explore the Wick House, which is open to the public so you can catch a glimpse of Major General Arthur St. Clair’s wartime quarters. 
Multiple Locations

If you always dreamed of marching in General Washington’s hallowed footsteps, you may want to add New Jersey’s stretch of the famed Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary RouteEighteen strategic tracks wind their way across eight of our scenic counties, where you can immerse yourself in America’s awe-inspiring past and present-day Garden State must-sees.

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Cannon Ball House, Springfield © Crossroads of the American Revolution
Cannon Ball House, Springfield
Morris Museum, Morristown
Morris Museum, Morristown