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Rockingham State Historic Site

The Rockingham State Historic Site is a recreated farmstead that contains a Mansion House, Children's Museum and gardens. The property adjoins the D&R Canal towpath in Somerset county and provides a combined natural and cultural experience for visitors.

The period rooms of the Mansion are set to reflect their use and occupation by the officers and staff of General George Washington. Residing at Rockingham between August and November of 1783 during the final days of the American War for Independence, the General and Mrs. Washington passed the time at one of the most elegant country estates in the Millstone River Valley.

It was here at Rockingham on November 2, 1783, shortly upon hearing word that the Treaty of Peace had been received by Congress, that Washington sat down in the upstairs chamber and wrote his "Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States," officially penning a farewell to his troops and preparing for the long journey back to Virginia.

Time spent at Rockingham can be used to experience the nation's formative years, appreciating colonial furnishings, studying architecture or strolling the grounds.

Highlights
  • Tours of the Mansion: Basic tours can be enhanced with advanced notice to concentrate on military life, furniture of the time period or social history.

  • The Children's Museum is a hands-on exhibit area, designed for use with grades K-5. All items are meant to be experienced as part of the general tour with special emphasis on "learning by doing."

  • Visitors can explore the use of medicinal herbs, vegetables used for meals and field crops while exploring the recreated 18th century kitchen garden.

  • Special events for the public hosted by the Rockingham Association include Candle Light Christmas in December, Washington's Birthday in February, and Children's Day in May.

  • "History to Go" traveling trunk project information. (See below)

Target Audience(s)
General public, the academic community, and organizations
Advance notice is required for groups of 10 or more.


The Rockingham State Historic Site is a recreated farmstead that contains a Mansion House, Children's Museum and gardens. The property adjoins the D&R Canal towpath in Somerset County and provides a combined natural and cultural experience for visitors.

"History to Go" is a traveling trunk program designed as a "hands-on" learning opportunity for groups to prepare to come to Rockingham or to have Rockingham come to them.

There is a $20.00 borrowing fee for the program, which must be picked up at the Rockingham Historic site.

Highlights
  • The program enables groups to see and use some of the more popular items from our Children's Museum in the convenience of their own classrooms or civic centers.


  • The basic program consists of a Teachers Guide, a video about Rockingham, children's period dress, accessories, hats, personal items, games, and craft ideas.


  • The program is aligned with the state's Core Curriculum Standards.
Target Audience(s)
General public, the academic community, and organizations

Additional Information
Rockingham State Historic Site
PO Box 496
President Washington Kingston NJ 08528
Website: www.rockingham.net
Phone: 609-683-7132
Fax: 609-603-7136
E-mail: Peggi@superlink.net
Division of Parks and Forestry
Historic Sites and Villages List:
www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/index.html

Teachers' Guide to Educational Programs with New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and the Forest Resource Education Center
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