From the heights of the Palisades at Fort Lee to the shores of the Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield, the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the impact of the American Revolution. General George Washington spent more than one-quarter of his time as Commander-in-Chief in New Jersey, establishing dozens of headquarters here during the course of the war. In fact, New Jersey saw nearly 300 battles and skirmishes, which involved both soldier and citizen in a daily struggle to survive.
Crossroads is dedicated to connecting the people and places of New Jersey’s rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship and civic engagement. The heritage area encompasses approximately 2,155 square miles in New Jersey including 212 municipalities in 14 counties, but we work with partners throughout the entire state to tell the Crossroads of the American Revolution story.
What is a National Heritage Area?
National Heritage Areas are places where history, culture and natural wonders intersect with everyday places where people live and work. NHAs work in partnership with the National Park Service but they are run by local organizations interested in promoting and preserving unique resources.
Crossroads is one of 61 national heritage areas across the country, but is the only NHA dedicated specifically to telling the story of the American Revolution. Morristown National Historical Park is our main National Parks partner and we also work with hundreds of state and local historic sites, preservation groups, historical societies, friends groups, state, county and local governments, schools, libraries and museums to tell the story of New Jersey’s significant contributions to our nation’s founding.
Crossroads National Heritage Area is managed by a dedicated non-profit organization as established by Congress in 2006. The heritage area’s programs and activities are guided by a federally approved management plan.