Soldiers’ Huts – Jockey Hollow

Heilman_JockeyHollow_3The area of Morristown National Historical Park known as Jockey Hollow was the setting for the Continental Army’s winter encampment from December 1779 through June 1780. Over 13,000 men built 1,000 14’x16′ log huts designed to house 12 soldiers each. By the end of construction, the soldiers had amassed what would temporarily be one of the ten largest settlements in the colonies. Though the winter conditions in Jockey Hollow were much more severe than those experienced at Valley Forge nearly two years before, only 100 men died throughout this period due to improvements in camp design and hygiene practices. Amid the beautiful hiking and riding trails in today’s Jockey Hollow are historical markers and structures describing the sacrifices of the colonial soldiers who once traveled among these same paths.


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