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.
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.
General public, the academic community, and organizations
Advance notice is required for groups of 10 or more.
Rockingham State Historic Site
PO Box 496
Kingston NJ 08528
Division of Parks and Forestry
Historic Sites and Villages List:
Teachers' Guide to Educational Programs with New Jersey State Parks, Forests,
Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and the Forest Resource Education Center