The Morris County Tourism Bureau and its partners are pleased to announce the return of Holly Walk, a long-standing Morris County tradition that offers visitors the opportunity to visit six local historic sites decorated for the holidays, with one admission ticket, over two days. Tickets are on sale now.
This year the event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd from 11am until 4pm both days.
Participating sites include:
*The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
*The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park
*Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
*The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
*The Schuyler-Hamilton House
*The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Each site will offer something special for visitors. Acorn Hall will be decorated in Victorian fashion. Dr. Britton D. Evans, long-serving director of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (1890-1920), will be on hand to discuss his philosophy that all patients should receive a Christmas gift. Visitors can tour the current exhibit “The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876-1976.” Acorn Hall will only be open on Sunday 11am-4pm.
At the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, visitors will see the conference room ‘decorated” as though General George Washington and his staff have just finished a sumptuous holiday meal and have gone to make merry in town. Outside the Ford Mansion soldiers in period costume will stand guard. On Saturday, enjoy period entertainment (games and storytelling). On Sunday, there will be festive live music. The site is open both days.
Macculloch Hall will fully deck its halls with a tree in every room. Visitors can make an ornament on Saturday (11am-3pm) for the Drawing Room tree in memory of famous presidents celebrating Christmas at the White House. Tour the current exhibit of Thomas Nast’s famous holiday drawings including many images of Santa Claus. The site is open both days.
At the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, this historic building will be decorated for the holidays and offer musical entertainment throughout the day. Tour their exhibit “Spark: The Explosive and Dirty History of Light” and learn how early NJ residents lit their holiday homes with lights, lamps and early electric devices. Winter artifacts from the collection will also be on view. The site is open both days.
At the Schuyler-Hamilton House, there will be an exhibit of historic quilts gathered from four historic houses owned and managed by the Daughters of the American Revolution throughout New Jersey. Dating from 1821 to 1976, quilts are coming from The Isaac Watson House, Buccleuch Mansion, the Van Bunschooten Homestead, and Schuyler-Hamilton’s own collection. The site is open both days.
At the Stickley Museum, tour the 1911 Log House festooned in period Arts-and-Crafts style. The museum is suspending guided tours for the day so that visitors may stroll through the former Stickley family home at their own pace. Enjoy jazzy holiday tunes courtesy of the Aubrey Anne Trio. Stickley will only be open on Saturday.
In addition to the sites being open, their gift shops will be brimming with unique merchandise, so bring your holiday gift lists, and support local historic sites and preservation efforts.
Advanced sale Holly Walk tickets are $30.00 per person and may be purchased online through December 1st at www.eventbrite.com.