Find Your Park and Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service
Morristown, NJ – The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25 and Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) wants to give you a present – free admission! The usual entrance fee of $7.00 will be waived for all visitors on August 25th! Come to the park and see where George Washington slept, hike a trail in Jockey Hollow, or explore the beautiful Cross Estate Gardens.
In preparation for next year’s big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park. To encourage people to discover everything a park experience can be, there is a fun list of 99 ways to Find Your Park. Try #9 – “Walk through a doorway of a historic house,” at Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters at the Ford Mansion. Or visit Jockey Hollow and try #53 – “Improve your health – get a park Rx;” and #68 – “Walk nature's treadmill.” You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.
“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party,” states Morristown National Historical Park Superintendent Tom Ross. “Morristown National Historical Park offers something for everyone, so I invite you to visit and Find Your Park.”
On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 408 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And, on August 25th all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone.
Morristown National Historical Park was established in 1933 to preserve, protect, and commemorate the landscapes, structures, features, and museum collections of the Continental Army winter encampments, the headquarters of General George Washington, and related Revolutionary War sites at Morristown, New Jersey. Last year, more than 264,000 park visitors enjoyed the site, added $14.8 million to the local economy and supported 197 area jobs.
The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in New Jersey, go to www.nps.gov/NJ.
For more information about the Morristown NHP, please call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/morr.