Rockingham Historic Site

Amy Rowe

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Flick

Rockingham is an eighteenth-century mansion George Washington used as his last headquarters while in New Jersey. It’s also where he wrote his farewell to arms. The house is now a museum with rooms set up like they might have looked while he stayed there, complete with a life-size replica of George Washington in his military garb standing in an office.

The most striking thing about Rockingham is how it moved from its original location more than once. The house has undergone three moves, mostly for preservation purposes because it is the second oldest house in the Millstone valley and was originally located near a quarry. The blast posed threats of permanent damage, so it has finally moved from Rocky Hill to Kingston.

These realizations made me think about authenticity of monuments, and how the experience offered at the site differs from the legacy that actually was George Washington staying there. He’s been detached from the house because of the move, yet it still generates an idea of Washington in the eighteenth century.


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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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