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Historical Walking Tours

Fall Programs and Tours 

Experience the rich history of Morris County with a knowledgeable guide.  Programs and Tours last approximately one hour.

Click on the date to sign up for the tour of your choice.   Ticket sales begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Creating Historic Speedwell-Protecting Our History     NEW
Saturday, September 21st at 11:00 am

This lovely 7-acre property consists of a number of historic 18th and 19th century buildings that were relocated here after being threatened with demolition as Morristown grew and expanded. Basically an architecture tour, you’ll also learn how these buildings were saved and renovated as examples of Morristown’s past. In the park, see “The Factory Building”- the site of the invention of the telegraph-a National Historic Landmark site.

Victorian Morristown Walking Tour
Saturday, October 5th at 11:00am

Learn about one of the grandest periods in Morristown’s 300-year history with guide Karen Ann Kurlander, a Victorian lifestyle expert and Historic District resident. Walk through town visiting commercial and residential buildings that date from 1870-1910. Victorian social customs will be presented, and you’ll learn how 100 Victorian homes came to be built within a few blocks of the Morristown Green.

Treasures from the Vault          NEW
Saturday, October 19th at 11:00 am

The Morristown National Historical Park collector and benefactor, Lloyd Smith, donated his rare books and manuscripts to the Park nearly 100 years ago. The vault containing his most valuable acquisitions continues to yield incredible treasures. The recently discovered Scarlatti manuscript will be performed by Maestro Robert Butts of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, and the poetry of Phyllis Wheatley will be recited. Ms. Wheatley, brought here as a slave, was the first African-American female to be published in America.

Gilded Age Morristown: Foote Mansion and Garden Tour
Sunday, October 20 at 2:00pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a nationally-registered, largely intact Gilded Age mansion. Saved by adaptive re-use, the 1906 Robert Foote home was once known as Spring Brook House. This home is the largest residence ever built in Morristown with 44 rooms. Carol Barkin of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission will provide background on the Gilded Age and the Foote family, then visitors will tour the mansion and gardens, and enjoy refreshments.

Halloween Happening at Morristown’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church     NEW
Saturday, October 26 at 4:00 pm

Take a guided tour of this McKim, Mead and White church which is on the National Register of Historic Places, then visit the adjacent historic graveyard by lantern light. Holiday appropriate organ music by church organist, Joshua Stafford, and refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall as we celebrate Halloween 2019. Costumes welcome.

Details:  All tours are $15.00 pp except on October 20th and October 26th. The walking tours and programs are graciously sponsored by Glassworks Studio, Normandy Partners, the Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, NJ Natural Gas, Washington Association and media sponsor NJ.com. The MCTB will provide, with two weeks advanced notice, assisted listening systems.

 

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]