Schuyler-Hamilton House, Morristown

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Schuyler-Hamilton House, also known as the Jabez Campfield House, was built in 1760 on the eastern edge of the small village of Morristown, N.J. In 1765 it was purchased by a young doctor from Newark. He and his bride, Sarah Ward, lived in the house for fifty six years. Here their only child, William, was born. He too graduated as a doctor from Princeton and practiced in Morristown. The family lived in this attractive four bedroom, Georgian style house until 1821.

Dr. Jabez Campfield served as a surgeon during the Revolutionary War. Following the war he became a prominent community leader serving as the first Morris County Surrogate, the founder of the first lending library, a Justice of the Peace and engaged in many other notable activities.

During the winter of 1779-80 Dr. Campfield's house served as the home for Dr. John Cochran, who was assigned to General Washington. Dr. Cochran's wife was the sister of General Philip Schuyler. Mrs Cochran knew her niece, Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuyler, had met Alexander Hamilton during the summer of 1779 and she had been very impressed by him. Therefore, when Mrs. Cochran became aware that Alexander Hamilton was stationed at General Washington's Headquarters, which were located only a short quarter of a mile east of the of the Campfield house, she invited Elizabeth to spend the winter with her.

Very quickly Alex and Betsy began courting, often in the Campfield House. By April they had reached an "understanding." They were married in Albany, NY at Betsy's home in December 1780.

This Colonial House was bought by the Morristown Chapter of the DAR in 1923. The membership decided to name their new Chapter House in honor of Betsy and Alexander, hence the name Schuyler- Hamilton House.
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  • My friend and I visited the Schuyler-Hamilton House today shortly before closing. Despite the late hour, Pat was nice enough to not only show us the house, but tell us about its owners, Dr. Jabez...  more »
  • This offers easy access to experiencing colonial life. The park rangers are phenomenally knowledgeable and are eager to answer questions.  more »
  • This photo is from the postcard I purchased here. It depicts the parlor. This off the beaten path house is a must see for any Revolutionary War or Alexander Hamilton history fan. It's run by the Daughters of the American Revolution I was impressed by how much they are truly committed and passionate to keeping and preserving our national heritage. We were fortunate enough to gave two very knowledgeable women explain the history of the house and how it fit to the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Eliza Hamilton 's bonnet, collar and a lock of her hair were on display. Go to Fort Nonsense afterwards...its a short drive from there with views to NYC. Really makes one appreciate our freedom!
  • It's a cool place to visit while Alexander Hamilton is hot. Not sure if that moment has passed yet, feels like it's getting close. The ladies who work there are great local history ladies.

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