Ford Mansion and Museum

Ford Mansion and Museum, Morristown: Address, Phone Number, Ford Mansion and Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Ford Mansion and Museum
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The grounds comprise a museum as well as the modest mansion where Washington established military headquarters for the winter of 1779-80.
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longandshortofit
Overland Park, KS133 contributions
May 2022
Very informative ranger-led tour of this historic home. Washington encamped here during the winter of 1779-1780. Hamilton fans will be interested to know he was also here that winter as an aide-de-camp. The house is amazingly well preserved although only about three items inside are original to the home/family. We found it helpful to have visited the museum next-door first because it gave us a bit of background.
Written 7 May 2022
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Ricochan
New York347 contributions
Aug 2021
We took a tour of Ford Mansion led by a veteran Ranger. He told us that due to COVID, the tour was restarted only on July 2 this year in a phased approach. He had to explain everything outside and made himself available to us inside to avoid clustering, but we could follow each room with his explanation. He answered all of our questions. Only the first floor was showing this time, but it was well worth a visit for us. We have been to Valley Forge before, and comparison often made would make sense if you visited both. Make sure to obtain free tickets to the tour of Ford Mansion at the museum across the compound first, as they are first come first served basis. We waited in the museum for the tour to start, and timing was just perfect.
Written 23 August 2021
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WasOnce
Bucks County, PA464 contributions
Nov 2019
The house and museum are located just off I-287 in Morristown, New Jersey. The museum has interesting/beautifully displayed items from the Revolutionary War period which takes about 30 - 45 minutes to see. The movie about the Battle of Morristown is quite good. We met our tour guide in the museum and walked up to the house with him.He was the weak link in the visit. His "tour" wasn't very cohesive, did little to bring the house and the people in it to life. Still, the house is very interesting to visit, and the amazing thing is that the visit was FREE.
Written 12 December 2019
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Shirley M
Mendham, NJ6 contributions
Jul 2019
What a beautiful job was done on the restoration of the building and the recreation of the War for Independence.
Written 5 December 2019
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DAR1660
New York72 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a fabulous home on pretty wooded grounds. One part if the Park is the Mansion in which Washington , his officers and visiting dignitaries used to be housed. The home was astonishingly large for the era, which speaks to the level of wealth of the Ford family at that time. Living here allowed Washington some respite and time to plan with his officers, but was always close to his men. Few Generals have ever commanded the respect and loyalty that Washington did.It is easy to imagine him walking the wooden floors of this home. I especially enjoyed seeing the big original kitchen with its massive cooking fireplace. Then there is a separate free standing Museum on the grounds . It has many interesting artifacts, some mini videos to watch and a lot of hands on exhibits which kids at least middle school age would enjoy.If you have not taken your kids to any historic places associated with the American Revolution, shame on you.People who lack a knowledge of their past are doomed to lose their future.
Written 31 October 2019
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Kublakate
Ramsey, MN147 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We love visiting historic homes and this was a great one. The tour guide was fun, informative, and engaged with all ages. She was able to answer questions and tailor the tour to the group. We especially enjoyed seeing the old kitchen and the architectural elements in the house. I think the tour lasted about 45 minutes.

The museum is fine. There are some interactive things for kids, but it isn't a kids museum. There is a lot of reading plaques alongside historic items and artifacts (clothing, weapons, kitchen items, etc.) The museum is better than most because the items are varied and interesting to look at. But it is still a lot of plaque reading, especially for an adult who already knows the basic history. We spent about 1 hour in the museum, but we skipped a couple of the video exhibits and we did not read every plaque.
Written 7 July 2019
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apextony
Apex, NC45 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The tour guide was top-notch and very informative. This is a must-see when visiting the Washington museum. Tours at the top of the hour as I recall.
Written 12 February 2019
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MrsBaum
Leeds, UK724 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was bit out of the way to get to but was well worth it. the tour guide was brilliant, reacting to the questions in a supportive and informative way showing he had far more knowledge than some learned lines. The website could be easier to check out opening times etc but that's just a small consideration
So many of these similar sites don't allow photos inside but this one did and it didn't impact the enjoyment at all
Written 16 December 2018
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njcycle
Morris Plains, NJ110 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Imagine this gem gone if it had not been for the Washington Association and then the National Park Service designating it our first National Historic Park. Enough of the grounds to see GW walking in, all of the house to imagine the gatherings during the worst winter of the Revolutionary War when it was Washington's HQ,an excellent small museum. And a short drive away is Jockey Hollow where the rank and file endured the blizzards and sometimes ate shoe leather.
Written 13 November 2018
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sinaigirl
Ohio824 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
My husband and I along with our son visited the Ford Mansion after the ranger at the Jockey Hollow National Park encouraged us to do so. We are so glad that we did. The guided tower was very well done the Ford Mansion Park ranger made the Mansion come alive. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written 2 October 2018
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