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A Trash Pit

Morristown National Historical Park

 
 
A Trash Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
1. A Trash Pit Marker
Inscription.  Even in times of severest want, there are trash pits. What else can you do with the occasional bone? Or the inevitable broken oddments? Wreckage of a chicken or a beef, a pipe or a musket?

Archeologists removed everything – a meager collection. The army’s supplies gave out. At times the men ate bark or shoes, if they had shoes (and many didn’t). Yet, there was still a trash pit.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 40° 44.598′ N, 74° 33.806′ W. Marker is in Harding, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Jockey Hollow Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in the New Jersey Brigade Unit of the Morristown National Historical Park, along a hiking trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Warm Fire (a few steps from this marker);
Marker in Morristown National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
2. Marker in Morristown National Historical Park
The remains of the trash pit can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
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RHIP (within shouting distance of this marker); The New Jersey Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Revolutionary Winter (about 300 feet away); New Jersey 7th Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); A Haven From Everyday Life (approx. ¼ mile away); William Childs (approx. 1.4 miles away); “George” 2001 (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker contains images of various object recovered from the trash pit, such as pottery fragments, animal bones, buckles, musket balls and a bayonet.
 
Also see . . .  Morristown National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
New Jersey Brigade Area Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
3. New Jersey Brigade Area Markers
"A Trash Pit" (left) is one of several markers found in the New Jersey Brigade Unit of Morristown National Historical Park.
The Trash Pit image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
4. The Trash Pit
This Trash Pit has been fully excavated by archeologists.
New Jersey Brigade Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
5. New Jersey Brigade Site
Remains of hearths used by the New Jersey Brigade during the 1779-80 winter encampment can be found near the marker, visible in the background.
New Jersey Brigade Area image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
6. New Jersey Brigade Area
The marker is located in the New Jersey Brigade Unit of Morristown National Historical Park, off Jockey Hollow Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 958 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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