Happy President’s Day! At MercerMe, we’re hunting for all the Mercer County locations associated with George Washing to celebrate his birthday. We thought it was such a brilliant idea but apparently so did The Star Ledger … 3 days ago … their article is more about where he slept. He must have slept an awful lot.
1) Washington Crossing / Johnson Ferry House, Titusville, NJ
“On December 25, 1776, the icy waters of the Delaware River provided the setting for one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. The Continental Army had little to celebrate that Christmas and seemed beat by hunger and cold. After crossing the rough winter river at night, General George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson’s Ferry, at the site now known as Washington Crossing State Park. At 4 am, they began their march to Trenton where they defeated the Hessian troops in an unexpected attack.” Quoted from NJ Parks and Forest website.
As for Johnson’s ferry house, it is in the Washington Crossing area and was a ferry house, tavern and inn owned by Garrett Johnson. The house was likely used briefly by General Washington and other officers at the time of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware.
2) Joseph Stout House / Hunt House, Hopewell, NJ
Located on Province Line Road, it was built by Colonel Joseph Stout and later owned by John Price Hunt. The house was a meeting place for George Washington and his officers and is believed to be a location for Washington’s headquarters in 1778.
3) Old Barracks, Trenton, NJ