Morristown National Historical Park: Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow

MORRIS COUNTY — Jockey Hollow will come to life on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 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 the 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.

The event opens at 10:00 a.m. each morning and concludes at 4:00 p.m. each afternoon.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 6

  • 10:30 a.m. Inspection of the Troops
  • 11:00 a.m. Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:00 p.m. Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 p.m. Children’s Drill
  • 3:00 p.m. Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 3:30 p.m. Children’s Drill
  • 4:00 p.m. Camp Competition– Musket Speed Loading and Cannonball Toss

Sunday, April 7

  • 10:30 a.m. Children’s Drill
  • 12:30 p.m. Inspection of the Troops
  • 1:00 p.m. Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 p.m. Children’s Drill
  • 2:00 p.m. Camp Competition – Trap Ball and Three Men’s Morris
  • 3:00 p.m. Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 4:00 p.m. Regimental Assembly Retreat for the Evening

Note: At 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, the park will host folk singer/songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward. This special concert of New Jersey and history related songs will take place in Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Admission is free.

All activities are free and take place at Jockey Hollow.  For more information call (973) 539-2016 ext. 210 or click here.

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