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

A heritage of hearths

Morristown National Historical Park

 
 
A heritage of hearths Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 12, 2009
1. A heritage of hearths Marker
Inscription. Soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line built these hearths in the winter of 1779-1780.

The rest of the encampment vanished decades ago, victims of disuse and decay. These huts are copies, based partly on the ghosts of post holes and foundation logs still found in the ground. But only the hearths survived just as they were then.

The little mementos – buttons, knives, pipe stems – have all been sifted out of the ground and studied to recapture the life of Washington’s soldiers.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Location. 40° 46.5′ N, 74° 32.071′ W. Marker is in Harding, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Grand Parade Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Jockey Hollow Unit of Morristown National Historical Park, on the yellow trail behind the reconstructed soldier huts. 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. Officer’s Hut [Replica] (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soldier’s Hut [Replica] (about 400 feet away); Guards (about 700 feet away); The Grand Parade
Marker in Jockey Hollow image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 12, 2009
2. Marker in Jockey Hollow
A hearth of one of the soldier huts used by the Pennsylvania troops in the Continential Army during the 1779-80 winter encampment can be seen behind the marker.
(about 700 feet away); Inspections (about 700 feet away); The Pennsylvania Line (about 700 feet away); Settling in (about 700 feet away); A Revolutionary Winter (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harding.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of two soldiers building a hearth inside of a soldier hut.
 
Also see . . .  Morristown National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on December 14, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on the Soldier Hut Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 12, 2009
3. Marker on the Soldier Hut Trail
Soldier Hut Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 12, 2009
4. Soldier Hut Site
One of the huts built by the Continental Army during the winter of 1779-80 was found at this location.
Reconstructed Soldier Huts image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 22, 2008
5. Reconstructed Soldier Huts
These Soldier Huts have been reconstructed a short distance from the marker.
Interior of Soldier Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 22, 2008
6. Interior of Soldier Hut
This view of the interior of this soldier hut shows the hearth and cots. Twelve soldiers occupied huts like this one.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 730 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 14, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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