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February 14-21

There's no event quite like a snowstorm; so unpredictable and exciting! Especially when you can snuggle up to someone special on Valentines Day. So rub the one you're with, and don't forget to save some love for your favorite presidents!

Deep Drifts

Wick House
The Wick House at Jockey Hollow.
The Wick House stands upon the tract purchased by Henry Wick in 1746, forming part of what is now, part of what is now known as Jockey Hollow in Morristown National Historical Park. The house deviated from the local architecture of the time, adopting the "Cape Cod" style with a central chimney, as preferred by the owner who came from Long Island. Henry Wick's new 1,400-acre farm, rich in forest, provided wood for shelter, heating, and cooking during the Continental Army's encampment in the winter of 1779-1780. Nine hundred acres of Jockey Hollow timber, notched together and chinked with clay, made the army's winter quarters -- 12 soldiers in each of one thousand 14 x 16 huts -- where the men made do with a trickle of rations and beds of loose straw. Walk up the hill at Jockey Hollow in the snow and imagine staying there until it gets warm enough sometime in April to take off your down jacket, not to mention your shoes. Try to conceive of something important enough to keep you on that hill for the rest of the winter.
Morristown National Historical Park’s Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Washington’s Headquarters Museum and Ford Mansion will reopen on Sunday, February 18. Plan to visit the site of the Great Story, and learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment. And the legend of Tempe Wick.

General Information

Vanderveer House
Multiple tours are offered, plan on three hours for each tour as the bus stops briefly at all five historic sites for a quick side tour. Above: General Knox headquartered at the Vanderveer House.
Discover five of the original Somerset County houses that served as general staff headquarters during the Revolutionary War on this Sunday's (February 18) Five Generals Narrated Bus Tour—the Van Horne House in Bridgewater, the Van Veghten House in Finderne, the Abraham Staats house in South Bound Brook, the Wallace House in Somerville and the Jacobus Vanderveer House. The tour, sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association, starts from the historic Van Horne House at 941 E. Main St. in Bridgewater, with docents at each location to conduct the tours of the houses. For more information and tickets, make your mark!

Make Tracks

Van Campens Glen
Float beneath a cathedral of snow-covered trees and listen to the silence in VanCampens Glen, Delaware Water Gap NRA.
Snow might hang around in the deep woods long enough for you to try a bit of snowshoeing! Not only can you explore miles of unspoiled terrain, you get a cardio-packed punch of a workout. Snowshoeing is easy to learn, inexpensive compared to other winter sports, and poses little risk of injury. Just don't trip over a rock! Read more...

Ice, Action, Camera!

Let's face it. Winter in New Jersey can bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder. For too many mornings a metal gray sky bumps against the roofs of the cars crowding the highways. Daylight begins late and when it ends, it doesn't just end early. It ends emphatically. Gray morphs into black with stunning speed. It is enough to make most people long for the light of the tropics, the Day-Glo Sear Your Retinas beauty of a Caribbean beach. And yet, with a shift in perspective, photographers can fall in love with our short, cold days of winter.
Schedule your trip along the Appalachian Trail by snowshoe, a hearty visit to a brewery or winery, or dinner and a show! The Warren County Wanderings newsletter is your weekly guidepost of discovery and a nexus of community in a culturally rich and environmentally singular area.

Tap our calendar for the best events for you and your family, or check our current stories. Pick from a multitude of daytrip itineraries and watch out for our virtual efforts to keep you informed. For the more aerobically inclined, the Outdoor Map shows the way to go, or choose among dozens of natural attractions or outdoor activities suggested on our website. Choose your own adventure!
Northwest New Jersey and destinations just beyond those borders, in Pennsylvania and New York, offer brilliant ways to get out and enjoy the pleasures of the season.

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