Places to Visit

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Fort Lee Historic Park Fort Lee Built in 1776 and originally called Fort Consititution, Fort Lee stood opposite Fort Washington on the Hudson River. The park includes reconstructed huts, reproduction gun batteries, a visitor center, and fine views of the Hudson and Manhattan.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park Manalapan Marks the site of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth; includes hiking and horseback riding trails and two houses from the period.
Morristown National Historical Park Morristown The park preserves 1,700 acres that the Continental Army occupied from 1779 to 1780. There are over 27 miles of hiking trails as well as houses used as military headquarters by Washington and General Arthur St. Clair; includes library and archives.
Princeton Battlefield State Park Princeton This National Historic Landmark covers 85 acres; includes the Clarke House Museum and adjacent trails.
Nassau Hall, Princeton University Princeton Completed in 1756, it housed the entire “College of New Jersey” for nearly 50 years. During the war, both British and Contintental troops quartered there.
Bainbridge House Princeton Headquarters for the Historical Society of Princeton, the house was built in 1766 and is largely preserved to its original condition; includes a museum and library.
Rockingham State Historic Site Princeton George and Martha Washington rented this substantial farmhouse in 1783 while waiting for the treaty with Britain; includes period furnishings and a Children's Museum.
Morven Museum & Garden Princeton Morven dates from the 1750's and was the home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. It served as the New Jersey Governor's Mansion; its restoration and conversion to a museum were completed in 2004.
Princeton Battle Monument Princeton Dedicated in 1922, the monument commemorates the battle won by Washington on 3 January 1777.
Steuben House River Edge Presented to Baron von Steuben, Inspector General, in 1783 by the state of New Jersey for his services during the war; includes fine collection of period furnishings.
Wallace House Somerville Completed in 1776 as Hope Farm for John Wallace, a successful Philadelphia merchant; Washington leased the house for six months 1778-79. It is a fine example of Georgian architecture with period pieces.
Washington Crossing State Park Titusville Commemorates the crossing of the Delaware River by Washington and his troops on Christmas 1776. Originally preserved for its historical significance, the 841-acre park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat.
Trenton Battle Monument Trenton A 155-foot granite column that commemorates the 1776 Battle of Trenton; accessible by means of an elevator with good views of the capital of New Jersey.
Old Barracks Museum Trenton Built in 1758 for use by British and Irish soldiers during the French and Indian War, in 1776 it housed Hession troops when Washington attacked them in the 1776 Battle of Trenton.
Liberty Hall Museum Union Built in 1772 as a 14-room Georgian-style mansion by William Livingston, first governor of New Jersey and delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
Dey Mansion Museum Wayne Built in the 1740s, the house serve as headquarters for Washington in July 1780. It is an excellent example of Georgian architecture and includes period furnishings, gardens, and a replica blacksmith shop and plantation house.

The French years provided Franklin’s detractors precisely what they needed: proof that the ur-American was un-American. Franklin was the Founding Father who had come the furthest, which makes him today the most compelling; he was also the Founding Father who traveled the farthest, which in his own century made him the most suspect. Few other homes in Philadelphia sported both Réaumur and Fahrenheit thermometers. The story goes that when Franklin proposed that Congress open its meetings with a prayer, Alexander Hamilton quipped that that body had no need of foreign aid. The story may be apocryphal but the sentiment was real. The expatriate patriot, Franklin was associated in many minds with the dependent chapter of American independence, one better expunged from the record.

Stacy Schiff
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005)