Government cuts reducing hours, services at Morristown National Historical Park

The hard winter of 1779-80 did not shut down Jockey Hollow. But Congress is poised to do it in October 2013. Photo: NPS.gov

The hard winter of 1779-80 did not shut down Jockey Hollow. But Congress is about to do so. Photo: NPS.gov

Remember “sequestration”?   Those automatic, permanent, across-the-board spending cuts enacted by Congress last year?

Well, they are hitting close to home– at the Morristown National Historical Park.

Starting on Jan. 5, 2014, the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center will be closed and it won’t reopen until Feb. 16, according to the park’s website.

Over that stretch, the Washington’s Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion will be closed on weekdays, only opening on Saturdays and Sundays.

Park grounds will remain open, and restrooms at Jockey Hollow will be open during their normal hours.

Additionally,  the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Wick House, Washington’s Headquarters Museum and Ford Mansion will close on Wednesdays beginning March 2014.

Seven-day operations will resume between Memorial Day and Labor day.

The sequestration has required the park to slash five percent from its annual budget, Park Superintendent Thomas Ross explained on the website.

“This closure provides the park with the flexibility to continue offering education programs and workshops, and allows time to develop new and exciting programming,” the superintendent said.

 

 



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