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Historical Scout Hike with W. Barry Thomson
October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$35. – $40.
Join local historian, author, and lecturer W. Barry Thomson on Saturday, October 9th (rain date Sunday, October 10) for a narrated hike showcasing the rich and complex history of what is now the Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham. Beginning with the history of the rural industrial district that developed along the North Branch of the Raritan River and McVickers Brook in the 18th and 19th centuries, Thomson’s talk — enhanced by the use of archival photographs and rare maps and stops at a number of sites on the property — will then cover the early 20th century development of the 600-acre “Brookrace” estate by Richard and Julia Williams, including the family’s stone manor house. In 1932, following Richard Williams’ death, the “Brookrace” estate was transformed into the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation, which, for the next 47 years, served as the National Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America. Parking directions will be sent the day prior to the event based on attendance numbers. Carpooling is strongly recommended when feasible. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothes, and expect that the walking portions of the Historical Hike range in time from 7-15 minute spurts and will involve some incline. This is an all weather event with the exception of extreme weather such as thunderstorms or heavy rain warnings, warrenting the use of the rain date of October 10th. Guests will receive a rain date notification email within 24 hours of the program start time. Access to the Nature Center presents accessibility limitations. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Member fee is $35. Non- member fee is $40. Space is limited for this event. Social distancing and face coverings are required.