Historic Trail Hikes

 

Patriots’ Path Council has several historic trails within our council area that allow Scouts to explore New Jersey’s rich history. Our historic trail hikes have options suitable for Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts. Historic hikes not only give Scouts the opportunity to learn about the history of the area they are hiking, they also provide opportunities to complete advancement and merit badge requirements. Scouts can learn how to prepare for an outing, safety and the Buddy System, how to apply Leave No Trace principles as well as learning about the environment they will be exploring. The Victory Trail Historic Hike and Walking Tour provide Scouts these learning opportunities in an urban setting.

 

  

Spend the day exploring Jockey Hollow and learn about General Washington’s winter encampment in historic Morristown during the harsh winter of 1779/1780.

 

 

 

 

Consider pairing the Jockey Hollow Trail and the Victory Trail as part of your program year. Hike the Jockey Hollow Trail in the late fall or winter for a taste of what Washington’s Army experienced in that bitter winter of 1779/1780. The following spring, hike the Victory Trail and once again, experience the events as they unfolded for that same army in June 1780.

 

Follow the events of the “Forgotten Victory of Springfield” in the spring of 1780 when New Jersey Militiamen and Continentals successfully turned back a British Invasion, saving the colonies from certain defeat.

 

 

 

 

 

Venturers can hike the Appalachian Trail to complete requirements for the Venturing the Appalachian Trail Award. Earn a pin  as you hike and camp in each of the 13 states that encompass this historic trail.

 

 

 

Visit Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation and learn about the fascinating history of our very own camp property first inhabited by the Lenne Lenape and later by Joseph Frenche for whom Frenche’s Pond was named.

 

 

 

 

 

Cub Scouts can spend the day hiking at Winnebago Scout Reservation on a 2 mile trail that explores our camp while learning about the history that includes the Lenni Lenape, an iron forge, a bank in Linden, NJ and the first Scouts to camp at what will later become Winnebago Scout Reservation.

 

 

Please see the tabs below for more information on these hikes for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.

 

In December 1779, George Washington ordered his army to march to Morristown to camp during what would be the coldest winter on record. 10,000 to 11,000 soldiers set up camp in Jockey Hollow, 5 miles south of Morristown.

In 1960, Fred Bruehne and Warren Wheeler of Troops 25 and 27 in Madison, NJ developed the first Jockey Hollow Trail Hike as a 17 mile overnight hiking and camping event.  The Arrowmen of the Allemakewink Lodge of the Order of the Arrow helped to maintain the trail and it was officially opened in May, 1962. The intention was that Scouts from New York City, Jersey City and Newark would take the train to Peapack-Gladstone on Friday evening and hike to Schiff Scout Reservation, now called the Schiff Nature Preserve, arriving in time for dinner. After camping overnight at Schiff, the Scouts would then hike to Jockey Hollow the next day and set up camp in the Grand Parade. Sunday morning the Scouts would hike to Washington’s Headquarters at the Ford Mansion, tour the mansion and return home by train in time for dinner. The Historic Trail Hike was later revised and reduced to a 10 mile hike within the National Park itself as the course of the original hike became more populated and sections of the hike became private property. Click the link below for the trail guide for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts.

The Jockey Hollow Trail for Scouts

Upon completion of your hike, bring, mail or email the completed essays, Revolutionary History Hunt, Medal Order Form stamped by the National Park Service at Jockey Hollow AND the Ford Mansion, and Program Evaluation to the Patriot’s Path Council Service Center to purchase Jockey Hollow Trail medals for $10 apiece.

A 5 mile Cub Scout hike was also developed to allow Cub Scouts to explore local history. Click the link below for the trail guide for Cub Scouts.

The Jockey Hollow Trail for Cub Scouts

Upon completion of your hike, bring, mail or email your completed Hiking Guide to Patriot’s Path Council Service Center to purchase Jockey Hollow Trail Cub Scout patches for $3 apiece.

Contact the National Park Service Rangers to schedule your visit to Jockey Hollow Park at 973-539-2016, ext 210.

For more information about the Jockey Hollow Historic Trail Hike, please contact;

Brenda Sonzogni, 973-765-9322, ext 253 or [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

In the Spring of 1780, after a long, harsh winter encampment in Morristown NJ, General Washington’s army remained in Jockey Hollow. On June 7, 1780, Hessian General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and the British garrison in New York City attempted to reach the Continental Army’s base in Morristown but were held back by the Continental Army’s Jersey Brigade and companies of the New Jersey Militia in the Battle of Connecticut Farms (now called Union Township). On June 23, 1780, General von Knyphausen made a second attempt to reach Morristown in what would become known as “The Forgotten Victory of Springfield” and the last major battle of the American Revolution in New Jersey.

Over the years there have been seven versions of the Victory Trail hike and medal spanning the three BSA councils in which the territory has belonged –Union County Council, Watchung Area Council, Patriots’ Path Council. The Victory Trail was officially rededicated on November 12, 2011.

On February 7, 2012, Mark Hurwitz and his family of Springfield accepted a commemorative Victory Trail Plaque in honor of their deceased father Murry Hurwitz. The recognition included a piece of the dedication ribbon, two commemorative patches –one from the Boy Scouts of America the other from Liberty Hall and a Victory Trail Medal.   All of the medals were numbered – the Hurwitz family was given 11-76 which commemorates 1976 the year Murry Hurwitz founded Scouting’s participation in the Victory Trail hike and 2011 the year the Victory Trail was re-started after several years of disuse as a Scouting program. Mark is a past national commander of the Brigade of the Revolution – a national historic reenactment organization and is currently a member of the Patriots’ Path Council Executive Board.

The Victory Trail 13 mile Hike for Scouts

Hike this historic 13 mile urban trail from Elizabeth, NJ to Springfield, NJ. The route follows the British advance into New Jersey that was stopped at the Battle of Springfield. The sites below are listed in the order in which you will see them on your historic hike from Elizabeth to Springfield. All are open to the public. Take a few minutes before your hike to contact them and arrange a visit while your troop or crew is hiking The Victory Trail.

Boxwood Hall has a very rich history that connects it with an early mayor of Elizabethtown, a President of the Continental Congress, the first President of the United States, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and three signers of the United States Constitution. Boxwood Hall is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark property. Boxwood Hall is open to the public Monday-Friday 9 am to noon & 1 pm to 5 pm and will open for Scouts on Saturdays upon advanced request, staff availability permitting. Visitors should call ahead to confirm hours and availability of a guide. Admission is free. (908) 282-7617

The Caldwell Parsonage was the home of Reverend James Caldwell, a Presbyterian minister and active supporter of the patriot cause during the war for independence. The original parsonage was built in the 1730’s and was burned in 1780 by loyalists. Later that year Caldwell’s wife Hannah was killed in the house by British soldiers during the Battle of Connecticut Farms. Caldwell was shot a year later by an American sentry a year later. (908) 687-7977.

During the Battle of Springfield, the town was essentially burned to the ground, leaving only four houses standing when the smoke cleared and the fighting was over. Of the four remaining houses, one was demolished in the 1970’s and two are privately owned. The Cannonball House is open to the public. (973) 376-4784.

Reverend James Caldwell was the pastor of Springfield Presbyterian Church. During the Battle of Springfield, Caldwell took Watt’s Hymnals from the church for the American soldiers to use as wadding for their guns. (973) 379-4320.

Click the link below for the trail guide for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts.

The Victory Trail Historic Hike for Boy Scouts

Upon completion of your hike, bring, mail or email the completed questionnaires, Medal Order Form, and Program Evaluation to the Patriot’s Path Council Service Center to purchase Victory Trail Historic Hike medals for $10 apiece

 

 

The Victory Trail Walking Tour for Cub Scouts

The 5 mile Cub Scout Walking Tour follows a portion of the 13 mile urban trail. Click the link below for the trail guide for Cub Scouts. Take a few minutes before your hike to contact them and arrange a visit while your den or is hiking The Victory Trail.

The sites below are listed in the order in which you will see them on your historic hike from Elizabeth to Union. All are open to the public. Take a few minutes before your hike to contact them and arrange a visit while your troop or crew is hiking The Victory Trail.

Boxwood Hall has a very rich history that connects it with an early mayor of Elizabethtown, a President of the Continental Congress, the first President of the United States, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and three signers of the United States Constitution. Boxwood Hall is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark property. Boxwood Hall is open to the public Monday-Friday 9am to noon & 1 pm to 5 pm and will open for Scouts on Saturdays upon advanced request, staff availability permitting. Visitors should call ahead to confirm hours and availability of a guide. Admission is free. (908) 282-7617

Liberty Hall was originally a 14-room house built in 1772. Today it is a 50-room mansion that has served as a home to both the Livingston and Kean families. Historical figures, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Martha Washington, Lewis Morris and more have all visited. (908) 527-0400

The Victory Trail Historic Hike for Cub Scouts

Upon completion of your hike, bring, mail or email the completed questionnaire, Medal Order Form, and Program Evaluation to the Patriot’s Path Council Service Center to purchase Victory Trail Walking Tour medals for $10 apiece.

 

For more information about the Victory Trail, please contact;

Brenda Sonzogni, 973-765-9322, ext 253 or [email protected]

Did you know that both Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation and Winnebago Scout Reservation were both sites of early industry before becoming the camping homes of Patriots’ Path Council Scouts?

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, NJ is home to Camp Somers Boy Scout Resident Camp and Camp Wheeler Cub Scout Day Camp and was once the site of several mills and Frenche’s Acid Works. Come spend the weekend camping or spend the day hiking around Frenche’s Pond, view both Camp Somers and Camp Wheeler and learn about the unique history of the area before Boy Scouts arrived.

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Assistant Ranger Tom Stoddard has developed 2 historic hikes, one for Cub Scouts and one for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, and a Challenge Trail for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts.

  The Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Hike for Cub Scouts is a 2.5 mile hike that allows you to provide a program activity while camping at Camp Somers or Camp Wheeler. The hike can also be done as a day trip. Click the link below for the trail guide for Cub Scouts.

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Hike for Cub Scouts Leader’s Guide

If you would like to purchase the Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Hike Patch at the completion of your hike for $3 apiece , please visit the Camp Office and ask for Tom Stoddard or call 973-670-8458.

 

The Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Hike for Boy Scouts takes your Scouts on a 4 mile hike through camp and into the community of Stanhope. Click the link below for the trail guide for Boy Scouts

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Hike for Boy Scouts Leader’s Guide

If you would like to purchase the Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Trail Patch at the completion of your hike for $3 apiece, please visit the Camp Office and ask for Tom Stoddard or call 973-670-8458.

 

Scouts can challenge their skills on the Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Challenge Trail. Test your knowledge of map symbols, a compass, pacing, knots, lashings and more. Click the link below for the Challenge Trail Leader’s Guide.

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Challenge Trail Leader’s Guide

If you would like to purchase the Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Challenge Trail Patch at the completion of the activity for $3 apiece, please visit the Camp Office and ask for Tom Stoddard or call 973-670-8458.

 

For more information about Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Trails, please contact;

Brenda Sonzogni, 973-765-9322, ext 253 or [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Information for Winnebago Scout Reservation Historic Trail for Cub Scouts coming soon.

For more information about The Winnebago Scout Reservation Historic Hike, please contact;

Brenda Sonzogni, 973-765-9322, ext 253 or [email protected]

 

 

 

Patriots’ Path Council’s Venturing program challenges you to hike and camp one night in every state along the Appalachian Trail. This program inspired by Troop 1776 is designed to encourage you to become a skilled backpacker. To claim credit for a state you must hike at least 5 miles, carrying food and shelter, and stay one night in a back country campsite along the trail in that state. After completing the first state you are qualified to wear the patch and for each earned state you may place a pin over the states’ abbreviation.

 

Venturing the Appalachian Trail

 

For more information about Venturing the Appalachian Trail, please contact;

Brenda Sonzogni, 973-765-9322, ext. 253 or [email protected]