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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Lay of the Land

 
 
The Lay of the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
1. The Lay of the Land Marker
Inscription. The Watchung Mountains belong to a chain of ridges running from New Brunswick to West Point. They shielded the army from the British in New York City and helped protect the roads from Philadelphia to New England by way of West Point.

Located in a long valley west of the mountains, Morristown became an army supply center. Connecting roads brought in supplies from the surrounding region. Local rivers powered iron forges, grist mills, sawmills, and a gunpowder mill; all providing essential supplies for the army.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Location. 40° 47.636′ N, 74° 29.27′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Morristown National Historical Park, in the Fort Nonsense section, off Chestnut Street. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morristown (here, next to this marker); The Upper Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); Fort Nonsense (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense
Marker in Fort Nonsense image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
2. Marker in Fort Nonsense
Morristown is visible from this site, as it was when the Continental Army was stationed here.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alarm Beacon (within shouting distance of this marker); Chain of Signal Beacons (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Morristown.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on April 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Morristown National Historical Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
3. Morristown National Historical Park Marker
Marker is located on a small walking trail in the Fort Nonsense unit of the Morristown National Historical Park.
Cannon Overlooking Morristown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
4. Cannon Overlooking Morristown
This site was selected for a fort because of its strategic location above Morristown.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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