Jockey Hollow is comprised of over 1500 acres of forested land with a little something for everyone. Here, you can hike over twenty miles of nature trails. Ranging from easy to moderate difficulty, these trails allow visitors to experience Jockey Hollow's pristine natural beauty while also exploring the site of the Continental Army's winter encampment of 1779-1780.
Discover five reproduction soldiers' huts as they would have stood at Jockey Hollow during the 1780 encampment. Located a mile north of the Visitor's Center along the yellow trail, these huts are a few examples of the roughly 1,000 huts the Continental Army constructed during their stay in the Morristown area.
Imagine the conditions that the troops endured as they camped at Jockey Hollow in deep snow and bitter temperatures during the coldest winter in 100 years. General Washington and his staff determined that this encampment would protect soldiers' health. The General decided that improved sanitary conditions and better health care be available for the men. As usual, there were clinics attached to the Army and a hospital was located seven miles away, in Basking Ridge.
For more information on Jockey Hollow visit Morristown National Historical Park.
The Wick House
Wick House is an authentic eighteenth century structure built in 1752. Originally owned by Henry Wick, a wealthy farmer, the house was used as a headquarters by Major General Arthur Sinclair of Pennsylvania during the Jockey Hollow Encampment. Today the house is fully furnished in eighteenth-century style and is staffed by a park ranger wearing a period costume.
A treat for many of the visitors touring Morristown National Historical Park in Jockey Hollow, is the large herb garden located next to the Wick home. The garden features familiar herbs and little known herbs that were available in the 18th century and were an integral part of colonial like. The garden is complete with identification markers for each of the herbs.
The Wick garden is researched, maintained and interpreted by members of the Northern New Jersey Unit of the Herb Society of America.
For more information about the Wick House visit Morristown National Historical Park.