The Morris County Tourism Bureau (MCTB) welcomes you to join us again for our perennial walking tour series. Experience the rich history Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide. Summer tours are offered on various Saturday mornings during July and August. All tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 - $20 depending upon the program length. Please pre-register and pre-pay online at morristourism.org. For additional information call 973-631-5151.
The Morristown Green Turns 300
The historic Morristown Green began appearing on maps of the area beginning in 1715, 300 years ago. Considered Morristown’s “jewel”, the Green has been at the center of life in Morristown since its founding and throughout its history. Learn about the activities that have taken place on the Green, the landscape’s features and its 2007 renovation.
Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Meet in the center of the Green at the stone bench. Tour size is limited to 30. Metered parking available on streets around the Green and in downtown parking garages. Cost: $15.00. This tour will be given once this year.
Historic Speedwell Gets a Makeover (New!)
Visit Historic Speedwell, one of Morris County’s four national landmarks. A custom tour of the Vail Homestead will be given. A member of the staff will tour the group throughout the “mansion” to parts that are never seen by the public. On display will be the historic preservation plans and a 3D model of how the home, built in the early 1800s, will be restored for the 21st century.
Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Historic Speedwell Visitors Center, 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 25. Free parking available at Historic Speedwell. Expect a five minute walk to the Visitor Center. Cost: $20.00.
The tour price includes free admission to the site for the day. This tour will be given once this year.
Researching Local History and the Morris Township at 275 Exhibit (New!)
Morris Township was founded in 1740 and celebrates a special milestone this year. An exhibit at the library features highlights from its history, its significant institutions and residents. After the exhibit, library staff will introduce you to the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, the archive used to create the exhibit. There will also be a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives where you’ll learn about the resources available to the public: electronic genealogy websites, books, maps, photos, family files and more.
Saturday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Meet at the library, 1 Miller Road at South Street, Morristown. Group size is limited to 40. Metered on-street parking is available, and the library has a free parking lot. Cost: $15.00. This tour will be given once this year.
Morristown’s Sacred Spaces: The Church Architecture Tour
Morristown is “a town of towers and spires”, home to churches with a variety of unique architectural features. Join us as we visit the exteriors of the First Baptist Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Church of the Assumption, The Presbyterian Church of Morristown, the Church of the Redeemer, and the United Methodist Church. Some of the churches will be open so that the interiors can be viewed.
Saturday, August 8 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Tourism Bureau office located at 6 Court Street, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 30. Metered and free parking is available on and near Court Street and in downtown parking garages. Cost: $15.00.
Morristown National Historical Park’s Curator’s Tour (New!)
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for members of the public to explore the treasures of the National Park’s archives which span the years 15,000 B.C. to the 20th century and include 500,000 objects. A behind-the-ropes, curator-led tour of the archives has been created with a twist. If a tour participant has a particular interest, and lets the Tourism Bureau know it by August 8, the curator will comb the archives to see if there’s something relevant which will be shown on August 15th to the group.
Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. at Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Meet in the foyer of the museum building. Tour size is limited to 30. Cost: $20.00 includes admission to the park for the day. Free parking is available in two parking lots adjacent to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum. This tour will be given once this year.
The Summer 2015 historical walking tours from the Morris County Tourism Bureau are being generously sponsored by Robert Lloyd Coutts and Sons, Insurors and by Century 21 Department Stores.