Tuesday, February 10, 2015

George and Martha Washington Return to Morristown

Joint Program with the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
3 pm, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Morristown, NJ – America’s founding couple, George and Martha Washington, will return to Morristown, New Jersey, 235 years after they spent the hard winter of 1779-1780 at the Theodosia Ford Mansion.

Re-enactors portraying George and Martha Washington will reminisce about that challenging time in American history during a presentation Sunday, February 22nd from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Morristown National Historical Park’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey. The free program, hosted by Morristown National Historical Park in cooperation with the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum in Bedminster, is funded by a grant from the Anne L. and George H. Clapp Charitable and Educational Trust.

“It is widely acknowledged that George Washington slept just about everywhere during the Revolution. Most people don’t realize, however, that his wife, Martha, also spent many a night away from Mount Vernon with her husband at winter encampments,” observed Jude Pfister, D. Litt., Chief of Cultural Resources, Morristown National Historical Park. “That was, indeed, the case at the Morristown 1779-1780 encampment.”

George and Martha Washington will give attendees a first-hand account of the anxieties associated with the discomforts of that winter, as well as their much larger, shared task of keeping the spirits of the American ideal from falling victim to a winter which nearly stopped the Army in its tracks.

The program is free of charge, but registration is suggested.  Register online at: www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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