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21st Century History Museum in Madison

The 21st-century history museum: Community Anchor and Educational Resource
By Executive Director Deborah Farrar Starker, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

As the weather turns colder and the holidays approach, consider taking a break from hectic schedules by visiting The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ. METC is a unique history museum that embraces the stories of the early settlers, immigrants, farmers and tradespeople who settled in this part of New Jersey before the 20th century. Here, two levels of exhibit space, historic objects, artifacts and stunning architecture are waiting to reveal their stories to visitors. Founded in 1969 by Edgar and Agnes Land, METC provides valuable educational enrichment to over 7,000 students from around the state each year and welcomes thousands more visitors who travel just a few miles or a few thousand miles to enjoy this unique New Jersey history museum.
A popular destination for tourists, METC is housed in a magnificent 1899 building listed on both the state and national registries of historic places. The museum offers architectural tours, lectures, special exhibits, programs, guided tours and has a vibrant museum store filled with gifts that are all locally sourced by New Jersey artisans. In early 2019, the museum officially became the Madison Visitor Center.

A major portion of METC’s resources is allocated for education, with all programs based on specific segments of the New Jersey school curricula, integrating immigration, community, creativity, innovation, STEM and STEAM into lesson plans. The professional museum educators play a pivotal role in ensuring that young audiences recognize the relevance of history, serving as interpreters, connectors and companions on a journey of making the past visible for the present. In addition, METC creates many programs offered to older adults residing in senior communities, as well as specially designed visits for people living with disabilities. Each year, the museum provides numerous scholarship programs to urban schools and other groups who cannot afford the cost of a field trip and transportation to the museum, and these initiatives are funded by grants and donations.

METC prides itself on being a vibrant and civic minded museum, offering numerous lectures, exhibitions, special events and activities for visitors with a variety of interests. In 2019, the museum installed its first permanent exhibition in over 20 years, transforming the main level of the museum into a visually exciting and interactive space. The welcoming staff is always eager to provide a special connection for all visitors, and there will always be a unique, relevant experience waiting for everyone inside the doors. For more information about the museum and its programs, visit the website

Inside view of Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts gift shop

Stickley Museum 30 years

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30 years of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. It’s a big milestone for a small museum. I hope you’ll join in the celebration by visiting our FREE annual Open House, Sun., Oct. 13, 2019 during The Stickley Weekend. Consider this your personal invitation and read on to learn more about the museum and this special event…

In 1989, Craftsman Farms, the early 20th century rustic country estate of Gustav Stickley, was rescued from private development by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. The Township set the property on a path to public use through a partnership with the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (then called The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc.). The museum was entrusted with the preservation, interpretation, and daily operation of the property, which was designated a National Historic Landmark the following year.

Since then the museum has worked diligently to preserve Craftsman Farms and welcomed thousands of visitors every year, sharing Gustav Stickley’s vision for Craftsman Farms, which was his dream home and the embodiment of his Craftsman ideal.

The museum commenced its 30th Anniversary celebration with the January launch of a major construction project: the rehabilitation of an original Stickley-era garage, to become the museum’s new Education Center. And the celebration will continue with The Stickley Weekend, which will include the museum’s annual Open House, Scholars Symposium and its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Craftsman Gala.

If you haven’t been a part of The Stickley Weekend before, the Open House, is a great place to start. The free Open House provides an informal introduction to the museum and its mission. Regular tours are suspended for the day and visitors are invited to stroll at their own pace through the interior of the Stickley family home, the Log House. The museum has a dedicated group of well-trained volunteer docents, who will be on hand to answer questions and provide hourly “Spotlight Talks.” Visitors will want to take extra time in the dining room, which currently houses a special exhibition exploring “The American Arts and Crafts Chair.”

The Open House also will feature a visit from special guest artisan Nawal Motawi, founder of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Craftsman Farms was designed around Gustav Stickley’s great passion for handcraft. With that in mind, the museum has begun inviting a contemporary artisan, whose work evokes a kinship to Stickley, as well as great skill, to join us for this annual event. Motawi will be on hand to discuss ceramics and the Tileworks, which seeks to make the world a better place by making beautiful things and by modeling healthy business practices. The museum’s shop will be stocked with beautiful, handmade crafts from the Tileworks and from other American artisans and gift items, from jewelry and candles to museum souvenirs.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 13 and join us!

by Vonda Givens, Executive Director, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

New Jersey Gold – Autumn in Morris County

Fall leaves at Stickley Museum

Vonda Givens

Vonda Givens, Executive Director of Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

New Jersey Gold

By Vonda Givens

New Jersey summers rightfully enjoy a lot of attention. It’s true that sunshine and the Jersey shore make a magical combination, but I’m just as infatuated with autumn in the Garden State. I’m a transplant to New Jersey. As a Tennessee native, until moving here nearly 20 years ago, I had only experienced autumn as a brief stop on the downhill slope to winter. It was hot until it wasn’t. As a New Jersey resident—particularly as a resident of Morris County—I came to see autumn as much more. Here summer gave way to winter at a slower pace, along a meandering path. Autumn could bring any kind of weather from cool and clear to warm and rainy to fair and foggy. In Morris County I came to see that while New Jersey summers might have the warm sunshine, autumn in New Jersey has the gold.

I first encountered Morris County, New Jersey after joining the staff of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, an historic house museum and National Historic Landmark in Parsippany. Like many other museums, historic and cultural facilities in Morris County, the Stickley Museum’s most important annual events take place in the autumn—Fall Family Day is set for September 21 and The Stickley Weekend is October 12-13. I was recently looking back over several files worth of pictures from these fall events. Until then, I might have said that the timing of these annual events had mostly to do with convenience. As I sorted through pictures, I came to see that this timing is less by chance and more by design than I realized. Year after year, autumn in Morris County is a spectacular sight! Every year nature delivers glowing yellow, reds and oranges blended into the golden sunlight.

I hope this year you’ll make a point, like me, of relishing the autumn season in Morris County, whether you are a resident or tourist. You can experience the riches of this season at the cornucopia of historic, arts, cultural and recreational facilities across the county. I happen to be partial to the Stickley Museum—its ornamental maples are dazzling in early November—but you will find riches all over Morris County from harvest celebrations and family fun at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township and at Alstede Farms in Chester. Or enjoy autumn beauty at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township or Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills. Rainy day? Take in the new Graffiti exhibition at the Morris Museum in Morristown, the fashion exhibition at the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall in Morristown or the “Sweet Treats” exhibition at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison.

Like the Jersey shore in summer, when it comes to autumn glory Morris County always delivers. You can count on it. To learn more about all of these events and more, make sure to follow the Morris County Tourism Bureau and check their website for information and updates.

Vonda Givens, Executive Director of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

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Elan. Out of Place 2019

Do you love graffiti?

What? WHOA! They are spray painting on the WALLS!!! inside the Morris Museum.
And, who said that was ok?

Dr. Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director and Ron Labaco, Director of Exhibitions & Chief Curator of the newly energized Morris Museum, that’s who. They had this idea – let’s celebrate the vitality of graffiti writing and street art in New Jersey and so they invited artist Will Kasso Condry to co-curate the show of twelve NJ graffiti artists to paint directly on the Museum’s walls. Thus was born the AEROSOL: Graffiti/Street Art/New Jersey/Now exhibit that opens September 19th and runs through March 15, 2020.

Participating Artists listed by their professional names are:

Acet TM7
Dave Mek One Klama
Dean Ras Innocenzi
Felipe Prox One Rivas
Jonathan Conner (LANK)
Leon Rainbow
Maliq Griffin
Will Kasso Condry

“It’s about honoring the graffiti culture and highlighting its legitimacy as an art,” says Ron Labaco, co-curator of the show, “We are presenting established and emerging artists – the emerging artist are the ones who are not necessarily working this full time, but are equally experienced. The museum has given them the liberty to paint what they want; to be authentic.”

New Jersey, uniquely positioned between Philadelphia and New York City, the two cities where it all began, plays a vital role in the ever-evolving aerosol art narrative. Legend says that graffiti began by a high school student in 1967 who “tagged” city walls to catch a girl’s attention. This became a compelling and highly visible form of self-expression, which drew others into the graffiti community throughout the 1970’s. The defiance of the rules, its originality and the chance to make their names seen was enticing and exhilarating, as well as provided them with a community. The graffiti movement developed their own cultural norms and rules and these young people helped to shape the art form and increased its popularity.

So, I went behind the scenes to see how they were actually going to pull this off and to talk with the artists. What I found was an enormous empty gallery with drop cloths on the floor and plastic over the windows to prevent errant spray paint, and a giant fan drawing air out a side door for cross ventilation.

I spoke with these inspired and devoted artists and watched as they were “throwing up”* their “pieces”* for the upcoming show on the towering gallery walls. There was strong sense of comradery in the room: spraying, talking, bro hugging and joking around with their friends/colleagues. And, they were loving it. Both the artists and the museum staff alike were bubbling with the chance to genuinely present this genre of art to new audiences.

I learned a lot. I got the chance to observe how it was really done – always wondering about the control of the spray and the smell of the paint. Here I saw that they had incredible control of the spray – where it went and how it was sprayed in strokes and gestures – there was a rhythm to it and each artist had their own way. I was concerned however about their thumbs, didn’t they get sore or tired?

I spoke first with Will Kasso Condry, the show’s co-curator, whose “tag” is Kasso. He is a well-established graff artist originally from Trenton and known in the field for painting “angels”, not the wing-ed ones, but highly respected graffiti artists who have passed away. He was spray painting a larger than life portrait of Jerry Gant, Newark’s Graffiti legendary “angel” and his mentor, on the walls for this exhibit (I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished). Kasso wanted to pay tribute to a man who had helped so many other graffiti artist navigate their lives and their art in the community.

Kasso said he wants to make sure that the past artists are honored and respected for their work and appreciated for their persistence through the many challenges early graffiti artists faced. “When graffiti started it was all about the words & letters,” he said. “It’s different now; street art, like murals, overshadows the graffiti and can often diminish the importance of how it all began. The risk the guys took in the beginning to make their art was real and like anything else, it gave others the chance to build upon that and make it more legitimate.”

Then I met Prox, who started painting graffiti when he was 13 years old. He loves the challenge of creating his name in different forms and styles. It doesn’t matter to him if he works inside or outside. He has a full-time job, but this is his passion and hobby.

Distort on the other hand went to art school in Philly where he was influenced by classical and graffiti art, the home of the graffiti movement. He feels both graffiti art and traditional art have reached their peaks, and for him, by combining what he learned enabled him now to support himself with his art. He agrees with Kasso that it is important to shine a light on the originators and pay respect to their struggle.

The Morris Museum exhibit: AEROSOL: Graffiti/Street Art/New Jersey/Now exhibit that opens September 19th and runs through March 15, 2020  is exposing these artists to an even broader audience. People can see this up close, all in one room with art from very high ceilings to the floor they are standing on which will help them understand and appreciate the enormity of the task.

*Graffiti Expressions:
“The graffiti term ‘piece’, short of masterpiece, is used to describe a large, complex, time-consuming and labor-intensive graffiti painting, usually painted by skilled and experienced writers. It is generally agreed that a painting must have at least three colors to be considered a piece, but ‘pieces’ often incorporate color transitions, shadows and three-dimensional effects. The word ‘piece’ is also used as a verb meaning ‘to write’”.

Tag is the most basic and the most prevalent form of graffiti. Tag is a stylized personal signature and contains graffiti writer’s name, also known as a moniker. Graffiti writers often tag their pieces, following the practice of traditional artists who sign their artwork.”

“‘Throw-up’ or ‘throwie’ is a graffiti term, used to describe tag-like drawings of bubble letters designed for quick execution (we all know why), and usually consisting of artist’s name and only two colors”.
Quotes from: Randal, Matt. “10 Graffiti Terms to Remember” Widewalls. October 16, 2014.

Historic Highlights of our 39 Towns

Celebrating NJ’s 350th: Diversity – Innovation -Patriotism

Morris Plains: Innovation: Homer Calvin Davenport, one of the most influential and highly paid political cartoonists of his time, is credited with establishing the flag-festooned Uncle Sam as the enduring personification of America. He called Morris Plains home at the turn of the last century. Red Gables was located on 27 acres on Tabor Road, where he entertained the likes of Thomas Edison and Buffalo Bill and kept his stable of renowned Arabian horses. Davenport worked for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and helped elevate the might of the political cartoon, creating social commentaries that made corrupt abusers of power tremble. His most famous work – Uncle Sam tapping then-underdog presidential candidate Teddy Roosevelt for the White House with the caption, “He’s good enough for me.” – has been called the greatest vote-generating cartoon, helping Roosevelt win. Davenport died in 1912 at 45. Red Gables eventually was reduced to rubble and the property paved over for a corporate parking lot.

Wharton: Diversity: The booming iron ore mining industry was a magnet for immigrants from Western and Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. The transformation was triggered by mining supervisor Robert E. Oram, whose business savvy turned the area with scattered mines into a bustling port along the Morris Canal and train depot on the Morris and Essex Railroad line. That attracted an influx of Irish, Scotch, English, German, Russian, Polish, Czech, Welsh and Hungarian newcomers.

Madison: Innovation: An influx of millionaires from New York City moving into their newly built country estates here and nearby in the mid-1830s had it right: What better way to brighten up your mansion than with fresh flowers? That daily demand sparked the growth of individual greenhouses and hothouses and some two decades later, rose growing was big business. Soon, just before the turn of the last century, Madison was internationally known for its roses, with so many new varieties, and rose shows. Each year, many millions of cut roses were sent by train to New York. By 1896, there were 45 growers in business with 200 employees in Madison, which was aptly nicknamed “The Rose City.” In 1950, one business alone had 100,000 plants producing three million roses yearly with over 8,000 roses harvested daily. While the last of the greenhouses ceased operation in mid-1980, the rose growing history remains part of the local identity, with the nickname part of the borough’s logo and even the borough website,

Mount Olive: Innovation: Salmonella Disease got its name from an innovative scientist born here in 1850. Daniel Elmer Salmon went to the district’s school and was both a member of Cornell University’s first graduating class in 1868 and received Cornell’s first doctor of veterinary medicine degree. He also was the first director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Public Health Association. In 1885, Salmon was the administrator of the USDA research program that isolated and identified the type bacterium that would be named after him.

Dover: Innovation: Dover, an entertainment destination that drew the likes of Grover Cleveland, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison and Babe Ruth, had the most renowned playhouses in New Jersey once upon a time — the Baker Theater. Opening its doors in 1906, the 1,146-seat premier venue was built by mining mogul William H. Baker for $75,000, which is equivalent to a price tag of about $1.9 million today. The Baker housed picture shows which were shown at 7 p.m. followed by five acts of vaudeville at 8 p.m. A seven piece orchestra played for both the picture and stage shows. It was a draw for many stage and screen actors, including DeWolfe Hopper, Helen Hayes, Lillian Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Lou Costello, Joe Cook, George Burns and Gracie Allen and Harry Houdini. It underwent extensive remodeling and various facelifts and changed hands over the years and is still in operation for live acts.

Butler: Innovation: The story of Butler is written in rubber. The author was Richard Butler, who amassed a rubber manufacturing empire here, forming the Rubber Comb and Jewelry Company in 1876. The company later became the Butler Hard Rubber Company in 1882. Butler was president of the company and purchased more than 70 acres of farmland for residential development for his workers. Ultimately, when the borough was incorporated in 1901, Butler agreed to have the municipality named after him. While that alone is an impressive legacy, Butler was a founder and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, from 1877 to 1902, was a member of the American Committee for the Statue of Liberty, serving as secretary and vital fundraiser for the construction and completion of the statue’s pedestal. He died in 1902 and by the 1980s the last of the rubber operations closed.

Boonton: Diversity: More than a century and a half ago, Boonton was an epicenter of anti-slavery work and considered one of the most important Underground Railroad link in the New Jersey chain that moved some 40,000 slaves north to freedom in Canada. It was home to local abolitionist Dr. John Grimes, who met with other anti-slavery activists here, published his monthly, the New Jersey Freeman, and sheltered runaway slaves in his home. It also was home Charles Fern Hopkins, a courageous Medal of Honor winning soldier who survived the horrors of the Confederate Army’s Andersonville prison. He helped his father, who owned the Powerville Hotel, harbor escaped slaves there, transported escaped slaves in his wagon and penned his Underground Railroad experiences in the 1910 publication Boonton: Gem of the Mountain, an account that identified individuals and communities that were part of the Underground Railroad’s operation in the Boonton area.

Boonton Township: Innovation: Before aviation pioneer Lt. Jimmy Doolittle made his first official recorded “blind flight” on Long Island in 1929, he practiced here on a local airfield for a year. His trainer plane that made history was parked at Aircraft Radio Corp. hangar here. Doolittle relied on Aircraft Radio Corp.’s cutting-edge radio range receiver and gadgetry to make blind take-offs and landings possible on farmland transformed into an airfield with 2,500-foot-long main runway. By 1933, the aviation corporation’s equipment was installed in the first Air Force and Navy fighter squadrons.

Chester: Innovation: Who invented the curveball? In Chester, the answer is Billy Dee, who lived here at 71 East Main Street. He had been postmaster, shopkeeper and a Morris County freeholder from 1913 to 1916. He is best remembered, however, for his ball-playing. He is reported by the Newark News newspaper in 1881 to have pitched the very first curve ball in the history of baseball, when his finger caught in the covering of the ball. The Baseball Hall Of Fame names William Arthur “Candy” Cummings of the Boston Excelsiors. Baseball lore also includes a competing claim of Fred Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Reds.

Chester Township: Innovation: Martha Brookes Hutcheson was one of the first American female landscape architects in the U.S. She lived here on 100 acres she and her husband named Merchiston Farm. She transformed .the property into an oasis with a five-acre garden that included a reflecting pool, waterfalls and collections of colorful flowers. She had a distinct style, incorporating native plants in all of her designs and in 1923, she published The Spirit of the Garden, a book about gardens she designed to showcase her principles of landscape architecture. Merchiston Farm remained her home until her death in 1959. The property was donated to the Morris County Park Commission in 1972. The gardens were placed on the state and national registers of historic places in 1989.

Chatham: Patriotism: How did Gen. George Washington fool the British to believe he was going to attack the Redcoats in New York in August 1781? He baked bread. Some 3,000 loaves a day in a 65-foot-long shed he ordered his troops to build to house the multiple brick oven operation on land that’s now Shepard Kollock Park in Chatham. Washington, who stayed in Chatham for three days that month, sent three regiments to guard and help the bakery staff, giving the appearance of an eminent attack. Instead, Washington and between 2,000 to 3,000 troops made way to Yorktown, Virginia, where the Continental Army defeated General Cornwallis in October 1781. Meanwhile, Shepard Kollock, a first lieutenant, served as the Continental Army’s chief propagandist, publishing the first copy of the New Jersey Journal in Chatham during the war.

Chatham Township: Innovation: Located in Chatham Township and adjacent Long Hill, Harding and into Somerset County, the 7,768 acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was the first wilderness area to be established by the Department of the Interior in 1964. Now there are 560. Here, natural resources are conserved and threatened and endangered species and their habitats are protected. The refuge has become an important resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants can be found on the refuge. It took a four-year battle to create the refuge, rescuing the landscape from a proposed international jetport in the swamp, with four 10,000-foot runways that would have filled in the swamp and reduced hundreds of homes to rubble.

Denville: Patriotism: The home of the noteworthy William Winds, who was a Continental Army colonel and brigadier general of the militia during the Revolutionary War. In 1765, he was a justice of the peace, working for the king, when the British Parliament imposed a tax colonists would have to pay to use legal papers and newspapers, among other things, printed on stamped paper produced in London. Winds scoffed at that idea, swapping the bark of the white birch for the stamped paper. In 1776, he represented Morris County in the general assembly and was a delegate to the Provincial congress that assembled in New Brunswick in 1776. He is also known arresting the governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, the last of the royal governors.

Jefferson Township: Innovation: Nearly a century ago, the circus came to town. Alfred T. Ringling of the famous Ringling brothers — think “Greatest Show on Earth Ringling Brother, Barnum and Bailey Circus” — hunkered down here during the winters 1916 through 1919.And it literally came to town, with a procession of big cats, elephants and animals from the Oak Ridge train station to his 1,000-acre estate off Berkshire Valley Road. The estate is listed on the state and national registers of historic places. Ringling was one of seven brothers who founded the family circus Besides the stone and poured-concrete manor home with more than two dozen rooms, the estate included a music room, theater and structures that housed lions, elephants, monkeys, birds, horses and other animals. Circus performers auditioned there as did stars from the screen and stage. After Ringling died in 1919, his widow sold the estate, which was ultimately fertile ground for residential development.

Lincoln Park: Patriotism: Another important Revolutionary War tavern with a historic link to George Washington. It’s the John Dods Tavern, built circa 1770. It still stands and is listed on the state and national registers of historic places. Washington’s officers wrote to the general about the tavern along the route connecting West Point to Morristown, and his soldiers bought food and drink there. There’s even been some written speculation that Washington stopped in.

Montville: Patriotism: Gen. George Washington stayed in the Dutch stone Henry Doremus House on Main Road in June 1780 in between fighting the Redcoats in Springfield. Alexander Hamilton joined him. At the time, he and his soldiers were protecting a shipment of war supplies being carted to West Point. The Colonial Army and French allies under General Rochambeau camped on the property in August 1781 while heading to Yorktown.

Long Hill Twp.: Diversity: It was a magnet for a diverse skilled workforce in 1897, the Stirling Silk Mill Manufacturing Co., attracting immigrants from Italy, Poland, Switzerland, France and Syrians from Armenia, joining the Irish, German, English and Dutch newcomers of the 1700s. At the time there were close to 85 buildings operating at the site. More workers triggered more housing, changing the face of the township. The U.S. Hammered Piston Ring Corp. moved into the old buildings between 1938-39 and later was home to General Air Products Co. which was destroyed by fire. None of the buildings now stand.

Morris Township:Innovation: This was the location of New Jersey’s first mint, operating in 1786 through 1788 on property long known as Wheatsheaf Farms, but originally named “Solitude,” when a skilled British machinist named Walter Mould was making money. The owner of the property was John Cleves Symmes, a member of the state Supreme Court and the father of the wife of U.S. President William Henry Harrison. Silver and copper were mined there and later became coins called penze or horsehead pennies, with a shield and the Latin words “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on one side and a horse head, year and the words “NOVA CAESAREA” on the other side.

Harding Twp.: Patriotism: Four miles south of Morristown there’s historically sacred ground where more than 10,000 of Gen. George Washington’s soldiers during the Revolutionary War weathered one of the most brutal blizzard-packed winters on record. Located in Harding and Morris Township, Jockey Hollow was a log-hut city, serving as the site of the second winter encampment in the Morristown area for Washington and his Continental Army in 1779-80. While he stayed warm at the Ford Mansion in town during the seven-month stay, it was a little less cozy for his troops, who cleared 900 acres to build 1,000 to 1,200 huts – most of them about 14 feet by 16 feet, with a dozen soldiers in each cabin. The infantry brigades were from Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Jockey Hollow is part of the Morristown National Historical Park.

Mendham: Patriotism: As a Revolutionary War captain in charge of the local Minutemen militia, David Thompson wasn’t popular with the local Tories loyal to the king. Neither was Thompson’s wife Hannah, or so the story goes. According to local lore, she didn’t take kindly to an old Tory who liked to stop by and give her husband grief for siding with the rebels. On what was perhaps his last visit to the Thompson house, he turned his tirade on the misses, who was home alone. She doused him with a bucket of hot water. The West Main Street house built in 1765 was a warm safe haven for starving soldiers struggling to survive in Jockey Hollow during the harsh winter of 1779. Thompson helped raise men, money, and arms for the cause, and served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Morris County, from 1778 to 1799. He died in 1824.The house is still standing.

Mount Arlington: Innovation: In 1885, a group of visionary business, civic and railroad leaders stood on the east shore of Lake Hopatcong, wondering what it would take to transform the untouched land into a fairy tale-like getaway. The result was the magical Hotel Breslin, now considered the most pivotal trigger for the area’s growth as a resort destination. It opened its doors in 1887. The four-story 300-room hotel 185 feet above the lake dominated the landscape with its stained glass windows, yellow exterior and red roof. It attracted millionaires, mansions and celebrities. It was the first development on Lake Hopatcong with electricity. It closed during World War II and ultimately was destroyed by a fire in 1948.

Mine Hill: Patriotism & Innovation: The Dickerson Mine was one of the oldest and most renowned mines in New Jersey. The first iron mine registered in the state in 1713 supplied much of the iron ore used during the American Revolutionary War, and played a major role in the thriving local iron industry for some 200 years. After the Dickerson family acquired the mine, Mahlon Dickerson became it’s most famous owner and local resident, serving as the 12th governor of New Jersey in 1815-1817 and later serving as U.S. Secretary of the Navy until 1838.The mine was part of Randolph Township until Mine Hill Township separated from Randolph in 1923.

Pequannock: Patriotism & Diversity: The ironworks once located here north of the falls, above what is today the Hamburg Turnpike was a bustling forge operation with a diverse workforce. English, Belgian, Scottish and German workers were imported to work in the mines. Plenty who planted roots here tied the knot with the Dutch, Native Americans and African-Americans living here. In 1777, the forge supplied 7,000 cannonballs each up to 18 pounds to General Henry Knox for the war. Ultimately, the ironworks changed hands and stopped operating in 1907.

Randolph: Diversity: The Randolph Quaker Meeting House, built in 1758, is the oldest existing house of worship in Morris County and its members were at the forefront of the anti-slavery movement. One member freed his slaves in 1776 and three members — Hartshorn Fitz Randolph and Isaac Hance — were among the founders of the first anti-slavery society of New Jersey. In 1839 the greatest of the Randolph Quaker abolitionists, Jacob Lundy Brotherton, helped found the New Jersey State Anti- Slavery Society. The house was added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Roxbury: Patriotism: Here is the location of the former gunpowder, dynamite and ammunitions plant that helped the United States military win two world wars. Originally opening in 1871 to provide dynamite to iron mining operations, Hercules Inc., based in Delaware, at one time employed 6,000 at its 1,200-acre Roxbury site. The company was responsible for developing the first bazooka rocket propellant. After two explosions in 1934 killed six workers, powerful blasts triggered by the explosion of 297,000 pounds of gunpowder in 1940 rocked the entire area, leveling nearby buildings, shattering windows for miles and sending shaking, bouncing cars off the road. When the dust settled, 51 workers were dead and more than 200 people were injured. The plant closed in 1996.

Victory Gardens: Patriotism: Victory Gardens was a product of patriotism six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in1941. It was named for the Victory gardens planted at homes during World War II and its streets are named after U.S. Presidents. Ramping up wartime production, the federal government created a 300-unit housing project for workers mostly at Picatinny Arsenal on 91 acres of Randolph Township. Victory Gardens was incorporated as a borough 10 years later.

Hanover Township: Innovation: The first television broadcast took shape in the Whippany on April 7, 1927.On that day, then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover spoke over the telephone in Washington and was seen as well as heard in the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York. Then a radio program was broadcast over the laboratories’ experimental station in the Whippany section of the township. The moving images of performers as well as the sound of their voices aired and were transferred to a television screen in New York City. The first demonstrated telecasts showed televisions great potential.

Florham Park: Innovation: It was called Eisenhower grease and it was developed by an inventor named Arnold “Red” Morway at Exxon Research and Engineering here in Florham Park. What it did was waterproof motor equipment of military tanks and trucks and other vehicles during World War II, something critically important in the speed of amphibious Allied invasions in France, such as the legendary D-Day invasion in Normandy. It was also used by Lt. General George Patton’s forces in Sicily and campaigns in the Pacific.

East Hanover: Patriotism: As pastor of Presbyterian Church here on Mount Pleasant Avenue from 1746 to 1790, the Rev. Jacob Green was one of the most highly regarded voices for the American Revolution. He generated public support for independence from the pulpit and his sermons were well known as were his pleas for the abolition of slavery. Green served as a Morris County representative to the Provincial Congress of New Jersey in May 1776. While there, he served on the constitutional committee that drafted the Constitution of New Jersey that was adopted on July 2, 1776. The current church was built in 1834; replacing Green’s church built in 1755.

Kinnelon: Patriotism: One of the significant furnace and iron mining operations during the Revolutionary War was the Long Pond Iron Works here. It was deemed so important, Robert Erskine, George Washington’s key surveyor and map maker posted his own militia there. This was the first organized militia in New Jersey. It’s duty was to protect furnaces against raiding British soldiers.

Washington Twp.: Innovation: There was treasure in Schooley’s Mountain here, but it wasn’t gold. It was pure chalybeate mineral water known for its healing powers, better known as the famous Schooley’s Mountain Spring. After it was discovered in the last half of the 1700s, a slow transformation into a mountain health retreat followed. In the 1800s luxurious hotels were built with access to the spring’s outlet nearly a mile down the mountain. Guests included the Vanderbilts and Roosevelts, Thomas Edison and U.S.Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin Harrison. But nothing lasts forever and after the hotels vanished by the 1930s, a road project that eventually followed altered the spring’s course beneath the mountain.

Riverdale: Innovation: Slater’s Mill traces its roots to the early 1700s, when a grist mill operated on the property. Five years after a fire destroyed the mill, and a new one was built, Joseph Slater bought it in 1849 and converted the operation into a felt factory. After his death in 1871, his son, Robert, took over and expanded the business, employing 16 workers who produced a steady supply of hatter’s furs. A major buyer was the famous J.B.Stetson. Who hasn’t heard of the Stetson hat? With large crowns, wide brims and Old West flair, the hats were worn by the likes of the first Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, country singer Gene Autry and John Wayne. Fueled by water, the mill lost its source of power in 1903 when a dam at the mill’s pond was destroyed by a flood. The long vacant mill is on the state and national registers of historic places.

Rockaway Borough: Patriotism: All U.S. Presidents have bodyguards. George Washington had Captain Steven Jackson, who lived here. While a historic marker identifying the location of the Stephen Jackson House at 40 Main St. notes Jackson provided the general with refreshments in 1780, it’s believed Washington, while inspecting nearby mining operations, likely stayed in Jackson’s home a couple of days. The original eighteenth century wing was removed in 1867, but the 1816 Federal wing remains.

Rockaway Township: Patriotism: Call him one of the most famous arms dealer of the 18th Century. He was John Jacob Faesch and his home here still stands. The 12-room Ford-Faesch Manor House, was built between 1768 and 1770 by Jacob Ford Jr., whose Morristown mansion served as Gen. George Washington’s winter headquarters in 1779.Swiss mining engineer and ironmaster John Jacob Faesch lived there while overseeing a massive furnace operation that served as the biggest supplier of ammunition for Washington’s troops. Washington stayed there too.

Parsippany: Innovation: Gustav Stickley was an icon of the famous Arts and Crafts Movement and is known for his famed furniture. Parsippany was his home in the early part of the last century. It’s known as Stickley’s Craftsman Farms, chestnut log cabin country estate that is now a national landmark and public museum. Stickley bought the property in 1908, planning on creating a boys crafts school. But when the school plans fizzled, Stickley and his family moved in, living there from 1910 to 1917, when financial troubles forced him to sell the property. The home was ultimately bought by the township and turned into a museum.

Mendham Township: Innovation: It was called Jersey Lightening. A distilled intoxicating concoction named applejack and commonly known as apple whiskey. The hooch made Mendham Township famous and of the many cider mills cranking it out between the early 19th century and Prohibition, Thomas Laughlin’s water-powered cider mill Mendham Road was the most legendary. The three-story rubble- stone Nesbitt mill opened as a grist mill in 1848, was converted to a cider mill in 1908 and closed in the 1930s thanks to the Prohibition. It’s now fully functional and operates as a museum.

Morristown: Patriotism: George Washington put Morristown on the map in January 1777, when he and 3,000 troops marched into the then-village of 250 people and made it his winter headquarters. He stayed in Jacob Arnold’s tavern while his troops stayed in villagers’ homes. He returned to Morristown for the winter of 1779-80 with 13,000 soldiers, who survived a brutal winter in huts in Jockey Hollow while Washington stayed in the Ford Mansion in town. Both sites are part of the Morristown National Historical Park.

Farmer’s Market Directory

Indulge in New Jersey’s greatest produce and foods at your local Morris County Farmers Market!


Sat., 8:30am-1:00pm, June 1-November 23

Plane Street Lot


Chatham Borough

Sat., 8:00am-1:00pm, June 15-November 23

Railroad Plaza South off Fairmont Avenue Train Station




Sun., 8:30am-1pm, May 5-November 24

Bloomfield Avenue Lot


East Hanover

Mon., 12:00pm-6:00pm, June-Oct

Lurker Park, 609 Ridgedale Avenue




Thurs., 2:00pm-7:00pm, May 23-October 24

Center Avenue between Main Street and Cook Avenue


Morris Plains

Sat., 9:00am-2:00pm, June 8-October 12

Speedwell Avenue., Merchant Block





Sun., 8:30am-2:00pm, June 16-November 24

Spring and Morris Streets Lot 10




Tues., 2:30pm-7:00pm, June 20-October 31

Glenburn Estate, 211 Hamburg Turnpike

Summer Plays & Exhibits

Looking for something exciting and interesting to attend in Morris County? Look no further! Check out these fascinating plays and exhibits open during the summer.

1. Bob Gruen: Rock Seen at the Morris Museum (June 20-November 10)

For over forty years, rock & roll photographer Bob Gruen has captured some of the most memorable images of rock’s legendary performers, both on and offstage. From Bob Dylan and John Lennon to Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop; from the Rolling Stones and the Ramones to the New York Dolls and Kiss; from Tina Turner and Yoko Ono to Debbie Harry and Courtney Love, these iconic photographs recount the public lives and private moments of music’s most famous artists.
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00AM to 5:00PM and Sunday 12:00PM to 5:00PM. 2nd and 3rd Thursday 11:00AM to 8:00PM. The Museum is closed on Mondays.



2. The Rainmaker at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (July 31-August 18)

The 1957 award-winning film, starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn, was based on this great American stage classic, as was the musical, 110 Degrees in the Shade. Author N. Richard Nash calls the play a romantic comedy but it is so much more. Set in rural, dust-bowl America, it is about a parched land desperate for rain, and the tough but lonely people who live there, thirsting for love. This is a play about yearning, family, hope, and the magic that sometimes pours down on us from the unlikeliest of sources.

Times vary so please refer to main schedule through the link below.

Please visit Shakespeare site for the full schedule.




3. Steampunk Fashion at the Morris Museum (April 3-October 6)

Airships, locomotives, and corsets: the Victorian Era gave the world technological advancement, the birth of science fiction, and opulent fashion. The modern steampunk trend takes inspiration from this bygone age, especially in its dress. Featured is work by designers Paige Gardner, Amber O’Boyle Kulp, and Colleen O’Neill through a selection of women’s and men’s costumes and accessories that illustrate the eclectic and individualistic nature of steampunk fashion today. To provide a historical context for the six costume ensembles on display, 19th-century Victorian Era clothing and accessories from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection have been integrated into the installation, highlighting the design connections and deconstructions that oftentimes serve as the inspiration for steampunk costumers.

Discover elements of the steampunk style alongside 19th-century counterparts in this exhibition. Get some of your own steampunk style by checking out our Museum Shop for fascinators, pins, earrings, and necklaces by Amber O’Boyle Kulp and Colleen O’Neill.



4. Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity at Morristown National Historical Park (June 1-September 4)

Visit Morristown NHP’s Jockey Hollow Visitor Center to view the most recent edition of the “Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity” art collection, a partnership with the International Fiber Collaborative. The artwork was created by 441 students from 20 different schools who worked jointly within their school to depict their understanding of “adversity.” The paintings on canvas portray everything from the soldiers’ experiences in 1779-1780 to adversity issues faced today. “Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity” will be on display until September 4, 2019.






5. The Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (July 26-August 30)

The Troubadour (formerly The Minstrel) is a concert series run by the Folk Project, a non-profit folk music and arts organization. We use the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.

We hold shows every Friday, year round, and the second Friday of the month is an OpenStage/audition night. The music we present is “folk” music in its broadest sense. That is, in addition to traditional American and ethnic “folk” music (in its purist definition), we welcome music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters, and other types of music more folkie in attitude than in content. Shows start at 7:30 PM; dress is casual. We serve coffee, teas, and baked goods. There is no alcohol or tobacco on the premises. Admission is inexpensive; on our regular Friday concerts we ask $10.00 on your way in, plus the rest of what you thought the show was really worth on your way out. This additional amount goes to supplement what we pay the feature performer. Tickets are sold both in advance and, when still available, at the door.


6. Katie Truk: Kaleidoscope of Memories at the Speakeasy Art Gallery (August 2-September 20)

Katie Truk’s pieces are a marriage of sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. Internal conversation and motion are induced within the static confine. Thread binds and extends the aggression and vulnerability, echoing life’s twists, turns, and pulling within our rigorous regulations and expectations.

Pantyhose is strong yet unique in color and composition. Each has it’s own breaking point and beauty in complexity of layered strength and texture. Free of pedestal or directed viewpoint allows change in perspective which is necessary to explore the depth of understanding of the whole picture.


7. Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center (July 1-August 10)

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is thrilled to be hosting the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition from July 1 through August 10 at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center, 125 Landing Road, Landing, NJ.  The Water/Ways exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public.  Viewing hours will be:
Monday through Wednesday – 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday through Friday – 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday – 11 am – 3 pm
* The exhibit will be closed on July 4

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

8. Mamma Mia at the Pax Amicus Castle Theater (August 2-August 18)

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Music and Lyrics by: Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus; Book by: Catherine Johnson | Directed and Musically Directed by Richard Boyer.

Performance Dates: August 2 – 18

(Fridays and Saturdays @ 8PM; Sundays @ 2PM)

Price: $25.00

9. The American Arts & Crafts Chair: A Message of Honesty & Joy at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (June 1-January 5)

Ourside view of Stickley log houseThe exhibition will feature thirteen exemplary examples of side chairs by handicraft-oriented furniture manufacturers–among them Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops, the L&JG Stickley Company, the Charles P. Limbert Company–as well as smaller, craft-oriented workshops such as Charles Rohlfs, the Roycroft Shops, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and Rose Valley Association. The exhibition will explore the usefulness and appealing designs of these vital products of the American Arts and Crafts movement, and show how these chairs brought a message of honesty and joy to their makers and their possessors.

Guided Tours: Recommended. All regular tours of the Log House include entrance to the exhibition and a Visitor’s Guide. Tours run hourly from 12:15 to 3:15 every Thursday through Sunday. Free to Members – $10 Adults – $7 Seniors & Students – $4 Children

Self-Guided Tours: Recommended for those who have been on a museum tour before.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. self-guided tours include a Visitor’s Guide and entrance to the exhibition only. Free to Members – $7 Non Members

Top 10 Activities for Kids In Morris County This Summer

Welcome to Morris County! Looking for things to do with your little ones? You have come to the right place! Below is a list of the top 10 activities for kids in Morris County in no particular order.

10. Take-a-Break Thursdays at Macculloch Hall

Join us every Thursday before MHHM opens to the public for a 10-minute mini-program exploring a significant object from the museum’s extraordinary collection of the life on an intriguing person who lived at, worked at, or visited Macculloch Hall. Learn about art, history, preservation, conservation, and more from the curators, archivists, and other museum specialists who preserve and interpret MHHM’s history. Stay to ask questions or bring a lunch to eat in the garden. FREE.

Thursdays, July 11-August 29, 12:00PM

9. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Summer Camp

Wed. & Thurs., Aug. 14 & 15 — Sweet Treats: Bring your sweet tooth as we explore favorite sweet treats from the 19th century and today. Join us as we make cookie cutters, try some simple baking, melt chocolate and more!
Tues., Aug. 20 — Nature Art: From sun prints to seashell art, express yourself with a range of art projects inspired by nature and using natural materials.
Wed., Aug. 21 — The Trades of METC: METC celebrates many 18th adn 19th century tradespeople and their crafts. Come try your hand at several of these trades, including tinpunching and printing!
Thurs. & Fri., Aug. 22 & 23 — Junior Archeologist*: Discover what it is like to be an archaeologist! Excavate objects at a miniature archaeological dig, then clean them and catalog them in your own archaeologist journals. Come explore what can be learned from the things we dig up.
Tues. & Wed., Aug. 27 & 28 — 1960s: Help METC celebrate its 50th anniversary by exploring the decade when it was founded! We will take a look at some of the creative trends of the 1960s, and try out popular activities from the period.

Times for All Sessions: 10AM-2PM

Entering 1st through 4th
* “Junior Archeologist” is geared for students entering 3rd & up

8. Grow It Green’s Tyke Time at the Urban Farm

Fridays, 10-11AM, June 28-August 30

Preschool-aged children (suggested ages 3-5) with adult caregiver are invited to join us this summer for programs at the Urban Farm! Each lesson includes a story, activity, craft, and time to explore the farm. Spend time feeding our chickens or watering our plants!

$5 suggested donation per child. *Registration is required to guarantee seating and supplies.


7. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum 

Monday, July 1 through Monday, September 30
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt, ‘Enchanted Woods,’ and search for Fairy Houses and Fairy Flowers. Take a photo of every item, and get a prize.

Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township.
Cost: $10 per family.

6. Morris County Park Commission’s Theater in the Woods Camp

Explore nature through theater and musical performance. Campers are introduced to various means of storytelling followed by the creation of their own songs, set, costumes, and script as they write and produce their own nature-themed play. Camp also includes hikes and games. The week concludes with a performance of their masterpiece.

Ages 8 – 12

Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

August 26 – 30 – 5 Spots Left!

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

5. Tot Tours at the Morris Museum

Select FRIDAYs of every month at 10:00AM

Tot Tours is a fun and enriching program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Activities include a story time or a mini gallery program, and an art project. Please note: Tours run 45-60 minutes in length and begin promptly at 10:00AM. Please plan to arrive by 9:45AM. The Museum opens early for this program.

All Kids’ Lab participants will receive a BASF backpack. If you have attended a Kids’ Lab before, please consider bringing your safety glasses and apron with you!

Space is limited!

Advance registration is required.
For further information, contact [email protected]

FREE for Museum Members*
$10 adult; $7 child for Non-members

4. Park Fun at Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park is happy to help educate children about the natural, historical, and cultural aspects of the park.

Stop by the Visitor Center or the Museum gift shop and ask the Ranger at the desk for a park-Junior Ranger booklet, which includes a scavenger hunt, a maze, a crossword puzzle, word searches, and other fun things. Kids can complete activities in the booklet and become a Junior Ranger. Or maybe you like to try an on line park activities like a word search, a crossword puzzle how about a recipe used by the revolutionary soldiers.

3. Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Through hands-on gardening, a tour of the Museum’s historic rooms, and an art-making experience with New Jersey artist children and their caregivers can enjoy nature while learning about life in the past.

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it!  garden program offers single, double and multi-visit experiences.

2019 Summer Saturdays for Families from 10:00-11:30am

July 13, 20, and 27

August 3, 10, and 17

Register for a three-part summer garden program for families. Children and their caregivers will:

-Cultivate and care for a kitchen garden

-Prepare recipes using harvested vegetables

-Create art with New Jersey artist Lisa Madson

-Explore history and nature

All ages, accompanied by parent/guardian.

2. Science Wednesdays and Music Fridays at the Morris Museum

Science Wednesdays: BASF’s Kids’ Lab

BASF’s Kids’ Lab is a global program to spark children’s interest in chemistry through safe and engaging, hands-on experiments. A Kids’ lab session includes educator-led instruction, interactive lab experiments and takeaway for each participant.

Designed for kids aged 6-12 and their caregivers,  programs run 45-60 minutes in length and begin promptly at 1:00PM. Please plan to arrive by 12:45PM to check in.

Each date will offer a different science theme. If you have attended a Kids’ Lab before. please consider bringing your safety glasses and apron with you!

For further information, contact [email protected]

FREE for Museum Members*
$10 adult; $7 child for Non-members

Music Fridays

Join us for a hands-on exploration of different musical instruments through Touch the Music with Claudia Lemmerz.

Children of all ages welcome.  Drop in starting at 1:00PM.  Program concludes at 2:30PM.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10 Adult $7 Child (includes Museum admission)

-Jul 12 Bowed String Instruments

-Jul 19 Plucked String Instruments

-Jul 26 Brass Instruments

-Aug 2 Key Percussion

-Aug 9 Hand Drums from around the world

1. Experiments in the Attic: Science Afternoons at Historic Speedwell

Wednesday, August 21
Experiments in the Attic: Science Afternoons

Age 7 & Up.
Follow in Alfred Vail’s footsteps of scientific discovery and invention to explore different experiments, activities, and crafts covering technology, engineering, art, and math. Get your lab coat and goggles, science excitement awaits.

Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.
Cost: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 – 16, FREE per child under age 4.
Preregistration is required. To register, 973.285.6550.

What is ripe at our farms!

The gardens are ready  and overflowing with delicious fruits and vegetables – here’s what is ready to pick or purchase at our local favorites:

Stony Hill – Strawberries

Wightman – Strawberries, Peaches

Alstede – Raspberries, Strawberries, Summer Squash (Green Zucchini, Yellow Squash), Red Currants, Gooseberries, Blueberries

Hacklebarney – Peaches, Corn, Watermelon, Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples (Cider)

Grow It Green – Lettuce, Arugula, Microgreens, Onions, Tomatoes, Beets, Zucchini, Garlic, Eggplant


Seasonal Springtime Activities

We are all looking forward to Spring!  We invite you to enjoy family-friendly activities in Morris County to celebrate this wonderful time of year!

Bunnies (and Sheep!) for Families and Children:

April 6th | Alstede Farms | Brunch with the Easter Bunny

Includes a delicious all you can eat brunch, photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny plus all of our Springtime Family Festival activities including Easter egg hunts, baby farm animals, pony rides and more! Brunch includes a delicious assortment of breakfast and lunch items for the heartiest of appetites. Reservations are required.

April 6th + | Alstede Farms | Easter and Springtime Festival

Enjoy Easter egg hunts, baby farm animals, scenic hay wagon rides around the farm, pony rides, and more! Don’t miss this popular springtime event!

April 7th | Bernards Inn | Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

A special guest will be hopping to The Bernards Inn on Sunday, April 7th for our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Join us for a festive breakfast buffet from Chef Todd Mark Miller, meet the Easter Bunny and more!

April 7th + | Whippany Railway Museum | Easter Bunny Express

Celebrate the return of Spring, bring the kids, join in the fun and hop aboard the Easter Bunny’s favorite train ride at the Whippany Railway Museum. You’ll have an enjoyable Spring day as our diesel-powered streamliner makes a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return. The Easter Bunny will be onboard greeting the youngsters and handing out holiday treats.
Trains operate April 7, 13, 14 & 20, 2019.

April 27th | Fosterfields Living Historical Farm | Born to Be Shorn

Join a fun and unique experience of turning fleece into woolen fiber. Watch a live sheep shearing as it was done in the past without electricity, enjoy hands-on activities, such as weaving, spinning, and crafting. Meet the cute baby lambs and tour The Willows.

Hands-On Classes & Activities to Celebrate Spring:

April 7th | Morris County School of Glass | Spring Flowers Mini Session

Celebrate the Spring bloom … in glass.  Create memories and a beautiful glass flower that never fades, while learning to sculpt molten glass.  Add color and vibrancy to your life in this fun, fast-paced workshop.

April 11th | Foundry 8 Budd | Springtime Fondant Decorating Class

Includes everything you need to create a 6” fondant cake to take home and enjoy with your family. and friends.  Grab a friend and join us for a fun interactive evening of laughs and cake decorating. Bring your favorite beverage and snack while we supply the rest.

April 11th | Frelinghuysen Arboretum | Make and Take Workshop: Early Spring Container Garden

Plant spring flowering bulbs and pansies, and create a colorful arrangement of flowers to bring home.

April 13th | Morris County School of Glass | Easter Mini Sessions

Join us to celebrate the start of Spring and Easter in this fun taster class. Learn about blown glass and make either a bunny, colorful Easter egg or cute little spring chick!

April 20th | Willow Hall | Earth Day Easter Egg Hunt

Please come join us for an afternoon of family activities and an Easter Egg Hunt on the beautiful historic grounds! The Passaic River Coalition’s first annual Earth Day Easter Egg Hunt.

April 22nd | Alstede Farms | Earth Day Start & Grow a Garden

Celebrate Earth Day by planting your own garden! Learn all about good stewardship using sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Enjoy creating your own newspaper pots and selecting and planting seedlings to start your very own backyard garden.

Instruction will be provided on how to create the newspaper pots and after we make our pots we will add soil and transplant something right from our very own greenhouses here at the farm. You will be taught how to maintain and care for your seedlings so you can plant them in your own garden this spring.

May 14th | Grow it Green | A Professional’s Guide to Gardening

With spring in full swing, let us show you how to keep your favorite veggies growing throughout the season. In this session, Farmer Shaun will give detailed instructions on how to use succession planting techniques in your garden to grow the perfect amount for your family all season long. You will learn how to properly plant your seedlings, time the next planting date, and tend to your seedlings when they are young. We’ll send you home with lettuce transplants for your own garden.

Easter Brunches to Enjoy:

April 21st | Olde Mill Inn & The Grain House | Easter Buffet

Easter will be here before you know it! It’s time to make your reservations for our Easter Brunch Buffet at the Olde Mill Inn or the Grain House. Our chefs will prepare a delicious assortment of celebratory foods for you and your guests so that you can simply enjoy Easter with family and friends!  We will also offer a buffet with dinner items starting at 4:00 pm.

April 21st | The Bernards Inn | Easter Sunday Buffet

Celebrate Easter with family and a wonderful holiday meal from Chef Todd Mark Miller.  Enjoy an extensive buffet and elaborate dessert display with those you love.

April 21st | The Hyatt Regency Morristown | Easter Buffet

Offering Delicious breakfast options, Carving Stations, Salads & Sweet Treats!

Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 [email protected]