Historical Walking Tours
Experience the rich history of Morris County with a knowledgeable guide. Tours last approximately one hour and involve an easy level of walking.
Tickets are $15.00 per person except Revolutionary Times-the public reading of the Declaration of Independence which is free
Click on the date to sign up for the tour of your choice. With two weeks advanced notice MCTB will provide assisted listening systems.
The Seeing Eye Walking Tour
Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 am SOLD OUT
North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye© of Morris Township, was founded 90 years ago. Learn about their history, walk the streets of Morristown where the dogs train, and watch how the dogs interact with their owners. The tour will be led by the Seeing Eye’s director, Jim Kutsch, and his guide dog, Vegas.
Visit a number of exteriors and interiors of historic churches in Morristown with guide Peg Shultz, the director of the Morris County Heritage Commission. Learn about church architecture, history, prominent members, and their contributions to the Morristown community since 1733.
Learn about one of the grandest periods in Morristown’s 300-year history with guide Karen Ann Kurlander, a Victorian lifestyle expert and Historic District resident. Walk through town visiting commercial and residential buildings that date from 1870-1910. Victorian social customs will be featured, and you’ll learn how 100 Victorians came to be built within a few blocks of the Morristown Green.
Gilded Age Morristown: Foote Mansion
Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 pm SOLD OUT-check back in the fall; we will add another tour in October
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a nationally-registered, largely intact Gilded Age mansion. Saved by adaptive re-use, the 1906 Robert Foote home was once known as Spring Brook House. This home is the largest residence ever built in Morristown. Carol Barkin of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission will lead the tour through the mansion and the sunken Italian gardens now serving as the Loyola Jesuit Center.
Morristown People & Places Tour
Take a leisurely walk through Morristown with author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika, former director of the Morris County Historical Society. Her postcard book on Morristown will come alive as she points out architecturally important buildings within the nationally registered Historic District, and hear the stories of past and prominent Morristownians.
Revolutionary Times FREE
Thursday, July 4th – 12:00 pm
The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held at the Morristown Green at noon, followed by a musket salute. Rain location: Presbyterian Church of Morristown, 57 East Park Place. Co-sponsored by the Morris County Tourism Bureau and Morristown National Historical Park
George Vail’s Willow Hall NEW
Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am
Visit the nationally registered former home of U.S. Congressman George Vail, a scion of the Speedwell Ironworks founder, Judge Stephen Vail. His brother, Alfred Vail, worked with Samuel F.B. Morse to develop the telegraph. George took over the iron business, built this 1848 Gothic puddingstone mansion inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing, and then headed to Congress to represent New Jersey (1853-1857).
Jersey Girl Brewery Tour-Hackettstown NEW
Saturday, July 20 at 11:00am
Sign up for a tour of Jersey Girl Brewing Company, a craft brewery founded in 2014. Carol Barkin of the MCTB will give a brief overview of Morris County’s Colonial applejack industry. Afterwards, owner Charles Aaron will lead a tour of his brewery. This brewer was inspired by the essence of a Jersey Girl-she’s complex, deep, layered, bitter, sweet, subtle and sophisticated. Ages 21 and older.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Architecture Tour-Madison NEW
Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am
Docent Alison Grenier-Poupel will lead an interior and exterior tour of Morris County’s most magnificent building. Built as a library in 1899, it was given to the residents of Madison by Gilded Age millionaire D. Willis James, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Alison is a former member of the French Ministry of Culture, and has worked with restorers, architects and other professionals in Paris and at the Cathedral in Lyon, France.
Colonial Morristown Walking Tour
This unique walking tour will cover a mile through Morristown visiting sites associated with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Marquis de Lafayette’s stays here in 1777 and 1779-80. Your guide will be Patricia Sanftner, a member of the local D.A.R. She is an expert on Colonial life and on the courtship of Alexander and Betsy Schuyler who met here in 1780.
The Morris Canal at Drakesville Historic Park, Roxbury Township NEW
Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 am
Visit this nationally registered Historic District located near Lock 1 East of the Morris Canal (c. 1825). You’ll visit a restored Victorian home once belonging to the King family, and their adjacent General Store. The canal store is one of only two that have survived intact. Weigh yourself on the restored five-ton wagon scale. Optional after-program: iced tea on the porch with Morris Canal historian Brian Morrell fielding your questions.
The walking tours and programs are graciously sponsored by Glassworks Studio, Normandy Partners, the Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, NJ Natural Gas, Washington Association and media sponsor NJ.com. The MCTB will provide, with two weeks advanced notice, assisted listening systems.