Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chain of Signal Beacons
In the spring of 1779, a signal chain of log and brush pyramids was ordered built in a line along the highlands of the New Jersey coast. A beacon was to have been constructed at the “point” of this hill – a location that would seem to correspond to the area within the 1777 fortification. However, no conclusive historical documentation has been found to confirm the actual building of a beacon here. Looking south from this vista to the distant horizon, you can see the hill near Summit, New Jersey, on which another beacon was erected.
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
Location. 40° 47.608′ N, 74° 29.301′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch 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 The Alarm Beacon (here, next to this marker); Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lay of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Morristown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Redoubt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iron (about 300 feet away); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
More about this marker. The marker contains a map showing American and British troop positions, as well as the locations of signal beacons, in New Jersey and southern New York State.
Also see . . . Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,290 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.