MORRISTOWN, NJ- More often than not, when we think of Memorial Day we smile with thoughts of a day off of work and bellies full of barbeque. Occasionally amid the scuffle of food, family and fun we lose sight of what the holiday truly represents. With its ties running all the way back to the Civil War, Memorial Day is a national day of recognition for those heroes that gave their lives in the service of their country. To honor these brave men and women throughout the ages, the Morristown National Historical Park is granting any and all visitors free admission on Memorial Day this coming Monday.

The National Park, which is normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays, will be opening its doors free of charge and allowing the community to pay homage to the military veterans of the past by exploring some of the nation’s oldest military sites. Here you can visit the Ford Mansion which served as General Washington’s Headquarters during the winter of 1779-1780. The house stayed in the hands of the Ford Family until the 1870’s when the house was auctioned off and purchased by the Washington Association of New Jersey and opened to the public. This marks the Ford Mansion as one of the oldest house museums in the United States.

Jockey Hollow will also be open for visitors. Here you can walk the same grounds that the Continental Army walked over 200 years ago. While the visitor’s center will not be open on Monday, the trails and landscapes will be open for the public to explore the area that housed Washington’s soldiers for 2 winters during the American Revolution.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service to which was donated the Ford Mansion by the Washington Association in 1933. If you have yet to visit Morristown National Historical Park or are looking for a way to honor the spirit of Memorial Day then do not miss this excellent chance to view one of the greatest historical sites in New Jersey.