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Montclair in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington’s Temporary Headquarters

 
 
Washington’s Temporary Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 3, 2008
1. Washington’s Temporary Headquarters Marker
Inscription.  
This boulder which lay from time immemorial
on this site near the turn of the old road
marks the location of a house used by
General George Washington
as temporary headquarters
on October 26, 1780
while on march from Totowa now Paterson
to support Lafayette’s expedition against
the enemy on Staten Island.

In commemoration of that event
this tablet is erected
by the Eagle Rock Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
and the
Montclair Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
October 26, 1922

“Eternal Vigilance is the price of Liberty”

 
Erected 1922 by Eagle Rock Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Montclair Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the George Washington Slept Here, and the Sons of the American Revolution series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1938.
 
Location.
Valley Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 3, 2008
2. Valley Road Marker
Some accounts say that Washington spent two nights here, October 26th and 27th, 1780, during his visit to Lafayette, who was encamped with his troops further north on Valley Road.
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40° 49.221′ N, 74° 13.267′ W. Marker is in Montclair, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Road (County Route 621) and Claremont Avenue (County Route 654), on the right when traveling south on Valley Road. Marker is on the northwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montclair NJ 07042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 647 Bloomfield Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Cranetown (approx. ¼ mile away); First Primary School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hillside School War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); 45 Church Street Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away); 40-46 Church Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampton House (approx. half a mile away); The Crane Building (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montclair.
 
Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 3, 2008
3. Headquarters Marker
This small city-owned memorial was once listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not as "The World's Smallest Park."
Washington's Oct. 26, 1780 Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 3, 2008
4. Washington's Oct. 26, 1780 Headquarters Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,571 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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