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Address: 16 Chestnut St, Morristown, NJ 07960-5106
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Not Really a Fort, but a Nice View

The story of Fort Nonsense is that the Revolutionary War soldiers needed to be kept busy so they started building a fort on the highest point in Morristown; however, the fort was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
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Evanston, Illinois
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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The story of Fort Nonsense is that the Revolutionary War soldiers needed to be kept busy so they started building a fort on the highest point in Morristown; however, the fort was never built. There is an outline of where the fort was supposed to be. The entrance is not off the main road, but can be found with the... More 

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Morristown, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Fort Nonsense is the highest elevation site in Morristown. It was used during the Revolutionary War by Washington to secure the town in the event of attack. It is now a small park, little noticed, on the south side of town. In the winter it affords great panoramic views of the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

There's not much to see here - some cannon and a few descriptive signs. Bring binoculars to get a better look at the New York City skyline and you'll see why they used this as a vantage point to look for British troops coming in from NY.

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Only a redoubt boundary exists here at this part of the NPS. There are a few picnic tables and some signage. You can skip this part of the driving tour and wouldn't miss anything.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

This is just a nice mountain overlook with a view of the east. Not much to see here, mainly just a place to walk with a few historic markers.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

About a 3-4 mile RT from town uphill. Best park of the three-unit park. Great view, and you really understand why Washington chose Morristown for two winter encampments. Not sure why Valley Forge gets more press, but Mo-town was more brutal.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

There is no Fort as you would expect but as legend has it, Washington, who spent two difficult winters in Morristown, assigned his soldiers the task of building a fort that was never meant to be more than an exercise to keep them busy. You can visit an see the beginnings of a structure. I would think that if one... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Beautiful view looking towards New York City. Used during Revolutionary War to spot British troops coming west.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

We have lived in Morristown for almost 20 years and drove by the sign that pointed to the fort almost daily...finally I made the turn and drove up to the park. My wife and I were in awe of the magnificent view of Morristown and the surrounding hillside. Even if you are not a history buff you will have a... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

I've lived here for over 13 years and been in the area longer, but never went up to Fort Nonsense. I often wondered why it was called that and why the Morristown fireworks are best seen or run from there. So, we went up there yesterday to answer my questions. It's the highest point in town, up a little windy... More 

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