See how they lived: Revolutionary War encampment, student film premiere, at Jockey Hollow, April 21-22

Cannon fire at the 2016 encampment at Jockey Hollow. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cannon fire at the 2016 encampment at Jockey Hollow. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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From the National Park Service:

Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow

April 21 and 22, 2018 

Morristown National Historical Park hosts its largest special event of the year
Free Admission

Morristown, NJ – Jockey Hollow will come to life on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, 2018, as re-enactors from across the Northeast arrive for the park’s Grand Encampment. 

The special event focuses on the life and times of soldiers and civilians during the Revolutionary War.  It’s an event full of activities for the whole family.

Highlights for the weekend include demonstrations in camp of cooking, sewing, and other camp chores, military maneuvers and musket firing, and a special “children’s muster,” where children can learn to drill and march like Revolutionary soldiers.

On Saturday, April 21, in partnership with the Washington Association of New Jersey, the park will premiere the film Historical Morristown, produced by Morristown High School juniors Katie Rosa and Kylee Strasser.

The event opens at 11 am each morning and concludes at 4 pm each afternoon.

The schedule is as follows:

 Saturday, April 21:

  • 11 am:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 11:30 am:  Film Premiere:  Washington Association of New Jersey Film Project: Historical Morristown. Created by Morristown High School juniors Katie Rosa and Kylee Strasser through the guidance of Morristown High School faculty member Michael Butler.
  • 1 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 pm:  Children’s Drill
  • 3 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 3:30 pm:  Children’s Drill
  • 4 pm:  Regimental Assembly Retreat for the Evening
  • 5 pm:  Walking Tour of Fort Hill

Sunday, April 22:

  • 10 am:  Hike to the Huts with the Soldiers
  • 1 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 pm:  Children’s Drill
  • 3 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 3:30 pm: Children’s Drill
  • 4 pm: Regimental Assembly Retreat for the Evening

All activities are free and take place at Jockey Hollow.  The GPS Address is 580- 600 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown (Harding), NJ 07980.  For more information call 973-539-2016 x-210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr .

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Note: At 2 pm, Sunday, April 22, 2018, there will be a special first-person presentation, Martha Washington and Oney Judge, in Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.

Oney Judge was an enslaved woman who worked for President and Lady Washington and escaped to her freedom. The program is a joint program with the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House. For further information on Martha Washington and Oney Judge, contact Jude Pfister at 973-539-2016 x 204. Admission is free. 

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