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Morristown’s Hard Winter of 1779-80 has been described as the place "Where America Survived." Today, Morristown could easily be called as the place where America thrives.

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Replica hut at Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown NJ
Replica hut at Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown NJ

Morristown is no stranger to severe weather.  Over the past few months, this town received an unusual amount of snowfall.  In fact, the winter reminds some locals of another winter---Morristown’s “Hard Winter of 1779-80”.   That was the winter that General George Washington and the Continental Army encamped nearby, and has also been described as the place “Where America Survived.”  Today, Morristown could easily be called the place where America thrives.

Marty Epstein, local businessman and organizer of the weather-dependent Gran Fondo cycling event, was not detered by hurricane flooding in 2012 from rescheduling this major event in 2012, and putting the event on again with even more success in 2013.  It attracted people from over 20 states and foreign countries.  He is quick to point out that Morristown is a model for successful partnerships between local businesses, residents, and tourists alike.  Morristown has great entertainment options, ample parking and thriving new businesses.  Whether it’s historic reflection, artistic expression, or scenic recreation, Morristown has something for you.

General Washington chose Morristown as his headquarters for strategic reasons.  Only a two-day march from the British army in New York City, but with the protection of the Watchung Mountains and the Great Swamp, Morristown’s location was perfect.  Despite the area looking like a swamp after two recent hurricanes, the waters have receded and Morristown’s location is still perfect today.  Touring the many sites and events within the Morristown National Historical Park can become a weekly event of discovery and enjoyment; there is so much to do.  If other historical time periods interest you, consider a visit to the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum or the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall for ideas.

To lift spirits during the cold, harsh Christmas of 1779, Washington hired the military band to play music.  Today, despite the cold, your spirits can be easily lifted by attending one of the many performances at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in cozy, warm surroundings.  Vocal performances of The Masterwork Chorus or the Harmonium Choral Society not only provide music to enjoy, but audition opportunities if you have voice talent yourself.  If other art forms tickle your fancy, explore the Morris Arts website for more information.

Washington’s army hiked in over two feet of snow to their winter encampment in Jockey Hollow.  Today, you can hike along the same routes and relive the past, in relative comfort.  Perhaps you’d rather explore the area on horseback;  if so, give Seaton Hackney Stables a call.  If bicycling is more your speed, be sure to stop by Marty’s Reliable Cycle for some tips.  Does maple sugaring, ice skating, Bald Eagle watching, hunting, or spending a day on a working farm sound intriguing to you?  Then contact the Morris County Park Commission to find out how.

Exploring everything Morristown has to offer will undoubtedly give you an appetite.  Unlike Washington’s troops who had to suffer through the worst winter in recorded history with nothing to eat for days, culinary opportunities abound today!  Perhaps you’d like to whet your appetite with an afternoon tea.  The Cosy Cupboard Tea Room should be on your list.  Maybe your taste buds are crying out for a hearty American meal; then reserve a table at George and Martha’s American Grille or the Washington Street Bistro. After enjoying a show, stop by the Dublin Pub for authentic Irish coffee and dessert.  With over 75 cuisines available, try a different one with each visit.

Discover how Morristown is still the perfect destination despite the weather!  Visit the Morris County Tourism Bureau today and plan your next trip.

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