New Jersey and the War for Independence

Long before it was known as the Garden State, the colony of New Jersey was known as the Crossroads of the Revolution. New Jersey witnessed many critical events - both high points and low points - during the American Revolution.

The early years of the war saw Washington's long retreat across New Jersey, reeling from the loss of Manhattan. The surprise attack at Trenton demonstrated that the Continental Army still had a great deal of fight left in it and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton proved to both the troops and civilians that there was a chance for victory.

Coming out of a long winter at Valley Forge, the Battle of Monmouth demonstrated that Amercians could hold their ground in a pitched battle against Brisitsh regulars. The weeks after the Battle of Monmouth saw the end of a significant British presence in New Jersy

New Jersey History Today

New Jersey abounds in historical sites related to the American Revolution. The Battlefields of Princeton and Monmouth are well preserved, although threatened by development and funding cuts.

Perhaps the jewel of New Jersey's historical resources is Morristown National Historical Park, consisting of Washington's Headquarters at the Ford Mansion and Jockey Hollow, the site of the Continental Army encampment in the hard winter of 1779-1780.

North Jersey American Revolution Round Table

Founded in 2008, the NJARRT is a 501c3 nonprofit which grew out of our sister organization, the North Jersey Civil War Round Table. Since then we have been fortunate to experience good fellowship, excellent speakers, and a growing membership.

Meetings

The NJARRT meets on the second Thursday of each month from September through June. Meetings being at 7:14pm and take place in the Museum Auditorium at:

 

Morristown National Historical Park     National-Park-Service-logo.jpg

30 Washington Place

Morristown, NJ 07960

 

Free parking is available in the parking lot and on the adjacent street. Please see the map below for more details.

 

NJARRT Meeting Location


 

Join the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table

 

blank2.png If our activities interest you, please considering joining us as a full member of the NJARRT! Member dues are used to support our speaker series. Benefits of membership include:

  • The opportunity to hear nationally recognized authors speak on their areas of expertise.
  • The opportunity to meet some of our experts on local history and discover some of the hidden gems in our local area.
  • Receive monthly email updates with information about local events of interest.
  • The satisfaction that you are helping to perpetuate the memory of the men and women who sacrificed to found our great nation.

If you are ready to join us, please click the picture on the left to print an application. Applications can be mailed to the address indicated, or they can be dropped off at a meeting. Our membership year begins in September.