Archive for ‘Morristown National Historical Park’

April 26, 2013

Tokens of a bygone era

Historical stuff!!!

Remember the Wick House? Seems like only yesterday.

Sometimes the Wick House is open to the public. When it is, they have it set up as they think it might’ve been during the 1779-1780 encampment. The table above is supposed to be a bunch of maps and stuff that General Arthur St. Clair might’ve laid out when he was planning an attack or whatever generals do.

April 25, 2013

Wick House

Wick House! Jockey Hollow, Morristown, NJ (formerly the Tempe Wick House, I think)

HISTORY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the Wick House.

It was built by Mr. Henry Wick around 1750 (possibly 1752 exactly), and is currently preserved within the Morristown National Historical Park.

That would be cool in and of itself, but during the Revolutionary War, Continental soldiers loitered around the Wick Farm from 1779-1782, chopping down 600 acres of Mr. Wick’s trees, and made themselves at home IN his home (this house) during the winter encampment of 1779-1780.

…Well, SOME soldiers (officers) hung out in his house. Most soldiers had to make do with makeshift huts.

There’s a lot of talk of Major General Arthur St. Clair using the house as a headquarters during that time. (I’d never heard of him, but maybe you have.)

…And then there’s the Legend of Tempe Wick. According to the story, Tempe (Henry Wick’s daughter) was out riding her horse when some soldiers tried to commandeer it; Tempe was like “screw you,” galloped the horse back home, and stashed her steed inside the main house. The soldiers eventually followed her back to the house, but found themselves stumped because obviously horses aren’t found in houses. And thus the horse was saved.

I must’ve read this next part on a sign board somewhere and neglected to document the sign, so I can’t verify this information—but in recent years, I believe the accuracy of the story is unverified, so they’re not promoting it as hard truth anymore. As such, the former “Tempe Wick House” is now called simply the “Wick House.” Regardless, there’s still a Tempe Wick Road in Morristown.


Aaaaaand this is what the building looked like many years ago (specifics unknown, but apparently it’s from an old Water Company brochure):

Wick House, back when it was still called the Tempe Wick House.

Oh, and because I put an “architecture” tag on this post: apparently it’s a Cape Cod. There ya go.



National Park Service. (n.d.). “Jockey Hollow.” Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey. (2008?). “Wick House: The Revolutionary War in North Jersey.”

“The Wick Farm.” Information plaque near Wick House. Morristown, NJ. Documented April 2013.

Williams, J.M. (1996). Images of America: Morristown. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0752402072.

April 19, 2013

In profile

Pansy! Or actually probably a violet.

So apparently this could be a pansy or a violet or a viola or a violetta. To a horticulturist, I’m sure it’s obvious which one (or if the terms are interchangeable), but I am not a horticulturist, so I don’t know and can’t tell you. But I can direct you to some Wikipedia pages so you can educate yourself!:”

April 18, 2013

Someday you’ll be a beautiful flower

Bud b'dud b'dud

I’m thinking this is a dogwood bud. Thoughts?

Edit: Apparently it is not a dogwood bud. Perhaps it is the precursor to a flower that grows in clusters, like plums or apples.

April 17, 2013

Bloodwort, bloodroot, it’s all the same to me

Bloodwort flower!

This little one-inch white wildflower is a bloodroot! (Also known as “bloodwort,” “red puccoon root,” “pauson,” and “tetterwort.” I’m totally grabbing this straight from Wikipedia.)


It has been used for a lot of medicinal purposes, but it’s called “bloodroot,” as far as I can tell, because its roots bleed red juice (!).

April 16, 2013

Former hut

Charred ends of the cabin

So remember those K-RA-ZY exciting soliders’ huts I was talking about yesterday? There are five huts in a tight little arrangement: four in a row, and one (an officers’ hut?) behind the rest, which is the one I showed you yesterday.

…Well, there WERE four in a row, before one burned to a crisp from the inside out.

Burned-up solder hut

I don’t know exactly when it happened— there’s no charred smell, so it can’t have been too recent, but there’s still yellow tape all around (tho’ it’s starting to come down). My totally uneducated guess is somewhere between 6 months-2 years ago.

Burnt to a crisp! Damn fires.

I also don’t know WHAT happened. The hut is clearly burned from the inside out; neighboring huts exhibit wax dribbles (presumably from candles?). Maybe a candlelight Boy Scout outing went awry?

April 15, 2013


totally officer material, check it out

In Morristown National Historical Park, there are some replicas of huts that soldiers would’ve stayed in during the Continental Army’s winter encampment of 1779-1780 (oddly enough, called, on the map, “soldiers’ huts”).

Each log-cabin hut has a 14’x16′ floor (roughly) and would’ve housed 12 soldiers.

They were pretty cramped. It was a lousy winter, by all accounts.


P.S. Here’s where Morristown National Historical Park is (link to a Google map):
Morristown National Historical Park map

Also here are links to trail maps (it’s connected to the Lewis Morris Park):
* Jockey Hollow
* NJ Brigade map
* Morristown Historical Park in context of Morristown
* Lewis Morris Park in color (PDF)
* Lewis Morris Park in less color (JPG suitable for printing B/W)



National Park Service. (n.d.). “Plan your visit,” Jockey Hollow.

Parsons, E. (n.d.). “Jockey Hollow (Morristown) – Soldiers’ Log Huts.” Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Art & Architecture of New Jersey.

Purdes, J. (2003-2003). “Jockey Hollow.” Hiking in New Jersey.

Skylands Visitor. (2008?). “Morristown National Historical Park: The Great Story.”

April 14, 2013

From the yum-yum bush (not really)

A berry special photo?

This would be a far better photo if, among other things, all these berries were in focus, and if I could identify them. But so it goes! Here are some unidentified berries. Maybe they’re poisonous. I don’t know! Do you?

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