January 31, 2020 -- George Washington Headquarters
Morristown, New Jersey -- This large Georgian style home was built in the early 1770's for Jacob Ford, Jr., an iron manufacturer, and his family. Mr. Ford also served as a colonel in the Morris County (New Jersey) Militia during the Revolutionary War. Ford died in January 1777 while 35 soldiers from Delaware were briefly quartered in the house.
In December 1779, Mr. Ford's widow, Theodosia, allowed General George Washington to use her home as his headquarters of the Continental Army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived what would be the coldest winter on record for that area. During that time, Mrs. Ford and her four children moved into two rooms of the house while General Washington, his wife Martha, five aides-de-camp, eighteen servants, a number of visiting dignitaries and sometimes guards took over the rest of the house.
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