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Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (Crossroads) celebrated the installation of Crossroads welcome marker signs at the park on a snowy March 9, much like the weather the Continental Army faced in Morristown during the American Revolution. The unveiling took place at the Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters location, which served as the headquarters of General George Washington from December 1779 to June 1780.
Since 2018, the Crossroads has installed a rising number of markers at historic sites across New Jersey, including the welcome marker signs at Morristown NHP. The signs identify the state’s Revolutionary-era stories in order to make them more accessible to visitors in the twenty-first century. Each sign bears the six-pointed star of the original United States flag, a symbol that will aid travelers in locating major places related to New Jersey’s pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War.
The objective of the Crossroads is to create a better knowledge of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War-era historical landmarks and landscapes. Crossroads unites the people and places of New Jersey’s rich Revolutionary legacy to promote community pride, stewardship, and civic involvement, in collaboration with Morristown NHP and partners around the state.
Crossroads is also a non-profit partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission, which is working together to lead the state of New Jersey’s commemoration of the United States’ 250th anniversary, dubbed “Revolution NJ.” “As we prepare for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States, we strive to connect Morristown’s Revolutionary War history to the greater story across New Jersey,” said Morristown NHP Superintendent Thomas Ross. “These signs are the perfect avenue to promote that as we welcome visitors and help them explore the plethora of Revolutionary War sites beyond our park.”
Chris Williams remarked on the significant and inspiring sacrifices made during the American Revolution, and how the placards direct visitors to learn more about them. Senator Bucco remarked that New Jersey is lucky to have such a rich history that will attract visitors, encourage economic activity, and growth, and that the signage are an important step in better promoting the things we value.
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