2014 Fall Historical Tour Series
Saturday, September 20th
11:00am and 1:00pm
The Seeing Eye's Guide Dog Training Program
North America's first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye® of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank in Morris County. During this tour you'll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets where the dogs train and see how Seeing Eye dogs respond to their owners. As you walk from the in-town training center, you'll pass sites important to the history of the organization and visit the J. Seward Johnson statue of Morris and Buddy for a photo op. Jim and Ginger Kutsch will lead the tour. Jim is the president and CEO of The Seeing Eye. Ginger is a volunteer with the organization. The tour covers less than a mile of walking.
Tour starts at 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown. Go to the right side of the building.
Saturday, October 4th
The Whippany Burying Ground and First Presbyterian Church
Take a tour of the earliest graveyard in Morris County, burying ground for the county’s first established church, the First Presbyterian Church of Whippany. Both were founded in 1718. The Burying Yard is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Guided by local historian Don Kiddoo, this is a rare opportunity to visit the graves and hear stories about Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers and the earliest Morris County settlers.
The tour begins in the Burying Yard on Route 10 East, just east of Troy Hills Road, and proceeds to the Church on Route 10 West. Free parking is available at JR Cigar at 301 Route 10 East. Limited walking.
Saturday, October 11th
The Trial of the (19th) Century: Antoine LeBlanc
Learn about Morristown's most famous murder trial while sitting in the actual courtroom where Antoine LeBlanc was tried in 1833 for the notorious triple murder of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant, Phoebe. The murders shocked the entire nation, and resulted in LeBlanc's hanging on the Green. The incident is Morristown's contribution to the book "Weird New Jersey". The Honorable Kenneth C. MacKenzie, retired Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, historian and member of the Board of Trustees of Historic Speedwell, will share his legal insights into Morris County’s most notorious trial. The program will be in lecture format with no walking involved.
Tour starts at the office of the Morris County Tourism Bureau at 6 Court Street, Morristown.
Saturday, October 18th
3:00pm and 4:15pm
Sunday, October 26th
3:00pm and 4:15pm
Bones and Stones:Who's Buried at the Presbyterian Church?
Step back in time to 1733 and get to know Morristown's founding families, many of whom are buried in the graveyard behind the area's first church. Learn about the history and architecture of the church and hear the stories of its early parishioners, including the Lindsleys, Fords, Kings and Vails. Plan to tread carefully through the wooded, sacred ground and resting place of 135 Revolutionary War soldiers. Ghost-busting equipment strongly encouraged. The tours are led by Carol Barkin, docent with the Morris County Tourism Bureau, and a member of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission. Limited walking.
Tour starts inside the church at 57 E. Park Place, Morristown.
If you take the Sunday, October 26th tours, plan to visit the Vail Mansion at 110 South Street at dusk for the fourth annual “Pumpkin Illumination” sponsored by Morris Arts. Artistically-carved pumpkins will be lit up by the reflective pool in front of the mansion as part of an annual community-wide Halloween celebration.
Book Early to Reserve Your Space!
These popular Fall Historic Tours sell out quickly. We suggest that you reserve and pay early. Except for the Trial of the Century: Antoine LeBlanc lecture, the tour size is limited to 30 participants. Tours last approximately one hour.
Tickets are $15 each. Please mail your pre-payment to MCTB, 6 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 to hold your reservation. Tours may also be booked and paid for online below. The office is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you have questions or need to reschedule a tour.
CLICK HERE for a parking map of downtown Morristown.
Thank you to TravelHost, Century 21 Department Store and Robert Lloyd Coutts & Sons, Insurors for sponsoring our 2014 Fall tours.
Robert Lloyd Coutts & Sons
Insurors since 1930