Ford Mansion and Museum, Morristown

#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Morris County
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Located in Morristown, New Jersey, USA, the Ford Mansion is a classic 18th-century American home built by Jacob Ford, Jr. in 1774 and now owned by the National Park Service as a part of the Morristown National Historical Park.
It was acquired by the Washington Association of New Jersey in 1873. The Georgian-styled mansion is known for being George Washington's headquarters from December 1779 to June 1780 during the American Revolutionary War.
The house has a Georgian-style exterior, but the interior kitchen and framing shows evidence of Dutch influence. According to Alan Gowan, "the boarding of the Ford Mansion was laid evenly painted and scored to look like a fine masonry with quoins at the corners". The mansion was made with palladian window above the door and a stylish cornice. The fancy architecture was not created to look appealing, but to showcase the wealth of the family who owned the building.
The headmaster's section of the house was built with symmetrical rooms on both side of the foyer. The office is across from the library and the parlour is across from the dining room. On the second floor there are symmetrical bedrooms for each side of the hallway. The servant's section of the house was near the kitchen and the pantry on the east side. The grand hall and the parlor are what categorized the house as a mansion. Unlike most mansions at the time, the Ford Mansion did not use bricks for the exterior, but painted flush board and clapboards.
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  • The house and museum are located just off I-287 in Morristown, New Jersey. The museum has interesting/beautifully displayed items from the Revolutionary War period which takes about 30 - 45 minutes...  more »
  • What a beautiful job was done on the restoration of the building and the recreation of the War for Independence.  more »
  • General Washington's winter quarters (1779-1780) at the Ford mansion in Morristown NJ. The associated museum is interesting and our tour guide was excellent.
  • Wonderful history and charming hosts! Make sure to see the museum as well.

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