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G. Washington Slept Here …


In honor of Presidents Day I thought I’d write about our first president.

I don’t know if George Washington ever slept on Martha’s Vineyard but he certainly slept his way around New Jersey.

He arrived at Ford Mansion in Morristown, NJ in Dec of 1779 and stayed until June of 1780.  His troops of 10,000 men were encamped at nearby Jockey Hollow during the harshest winter of the war.

Morristown, New Jersey


This description of the mansion is from Wikipedia:

‘The Ford Mansion has a Georgian style exterior, but the interior kitchen and framing shows evidence of Dutch influence. The mansion was made with palladian window above the door and a stylish cornice. The fancy architecture was not created to look appealing, but to showcase the wealth of the family who owned the building.’
My creation

Built between 1772 and 1774 it was the home of Jacob and Theodosia Ford.  The following description is from Wikipeida:

‘The headmaster’s section of the house was built with symmetrical rooms on both side of the foyer. The office is across from the library and the parlor is across from the dining room. On the second floor there are symmetrical bedrooms for each side of the hallway. The servant’s section of the house was near the kitchen  and the pantry  on the east side. The grand hall and the parlor are what categorized the house as a mansion. Unlike most mansions at the time, the Ford Mansion did not use bricks for the exterior, but painted flush board and clapboards.’


Front door of main part of house

My creation

Door to servant’s quarters

My creation

Fireplace and back of house

My creation

Across the road is this statue of George Washington by Frederick Roth (1927-28)

My creation

Sometimes it’s fun to play tourist in and around where you live.   Morristown in particular is rich in American Revolutionary War history and Morris County is known as  The Military Capital of the American Revolution.


Ford Mansion – Wikipedia

Revolutionary War New Jersey

Washington’s Headquarters – National Park Traveler


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

4 thoughts on “G. Washington Slept Here …

  1. Did a lot of camping at Jockey Hollow in my younger days and completed a 10 mile winter hike to the mansion too! Might have been the coldest I’ve ever been! Such a pretty area!

  2. I love the details on this house! Beautiful… and Jeez, Old George sure did sleep around, didn’t he 🙂

  3. Love this post, Joan!

    Beautifully composed in text and photos! Maybe we could tour it someday!

    The home is stunning with the blue sky and snow setting!

    Thanks for posting,


  4. Reblogged this on MV Obsession and commented:

    In honor of George Washington’s birthday which is February 22nd I’m re-blogging this post from 2014. I read in the paper today that George Washington’s birthday was actually February 11, 1731 but when the calendar was changed to Gregorian his birthdate changed to the 22nd. Which means he was born an Aquarius but became a Pisces ! Wonder what that did to his astrological chart 🙂
    Happy birthday to our first President, George Washington.

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