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George Macculloch, the father of the Morris Canal, built this 20-room Federal-style mansion in 1810. Today, the Macculloch Museum is home to an unprecedented, unique collection of original prints and drawings by Thomas Nast, the famous 19th century political cartoonist. (Nast, who created the image of Santa Claus as we know it today, once lived across the avenue).
Explore the museum’s 10 preserved historical rooms that showcase six generations of the family’s beautiful 18th and 19th century furnishings. The impressive gardens behind the house are said to be the first in Morris County, dating back to the early 1800s. There are 45 varieties of roses, some unique to this garden.
Of Special Note:
• The museum has the first known modern image of “jolly” Santa Claus by Thomas Nast
• The wisteria trellised over the back porch was a gift from Commodore Matthew Perry on his return from Japan in 1857
• In 1829, the very first Jersey tomato may have been grown here