Visitors the world over have been coming to Morristown, New Jersey since the end of the American Revolution to visit the town that played host twice to General George Washington and the Continental Army during two winters. Morristown, located in Morris County, is 35 miles west of New York City, and has continued to grow and thrive as a destination for arts, culture and history. We are proud to be the home of four National Historic Landmarks (NHL).
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens
- The Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm. Group tours welcome by appointment, Sunday-Friday.
- The first tour begins at 1:15, last tour begins at 3:15 (galleries are self-guided). The last tickets for tour admission are sold at 3:00 pm.
Experience Macculloch Hall. Built in 1810, this 20-room Federal-style mansion was home to George Macculloch, father of the Morris Canal. The museum features a collection of 18th and 19th century decorative and fine arts and is home to the largest collection of works by political cartoonist Thomas Nast whose former home, Villa Fontana (NHL), a private residence is across the street. Nast created the images of Santa Claus, the Republican donkey, Democratic elephant and Uncle Sam.
- Open 9 am to dusk each day
- Located on East Hanover Avenue by the entrance to Route 24
- Bus parking on site
Highlight your visit to Morris County in the 127-acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a collection of theme gardens and specialized collections of shrubs and trees. Managed by the Morris County Park Commission, the site also features the 1891 Colonial Revival Frelinghuysen mansion and carriage house.
Historic House Museum Tour
Excite the mind and enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the arts at the Morris Museum. Formerly the home of the Frelinghuysen family, the Museum recently unveiled a spectacular new exhibition entitled, “Musical Machines & Living Dolls: Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection” in a brand new 4,300 square-foot gallery. Other areas of the Museum’s distinguished collection include costumes and textiles, fine art, decorative art, dolls and toys, natural science, geology, paleontology and anthropology.
Visit Acorn Hall and experience mid-Victorian splendor at its best. The house is furnished primarily with pieces from the Schermerhorn and Crane-Hone families, supplemented with significant objects from other prominent Morris County families. Carpeting, wall covering and decorative paint techniques remain as they were in the nineteenth century.
Forest Resource Education Center
Have you ever wondered why leaves change color? The Forest Resource Education Center can give you the simple answer. If your curiosity gets the best of you, check it out before you venture out so you can impress your friends when they join you for a hike in beautiful Morris County, New Jersey. You can also explore LeafPeepers.com in order to get the latest New Jersey foliage report.
As you follow the fall color progression, you won’t want to miss one of the state’s best hikes, right in Morris County to Pyramid Mountain which features trail system hikes for all ability levels. While enjoying the colors falling from above, you’ll also notice plenty of rocks below. You can contemplate the unusual balancing act of Tripod Rock, a glacial erratic remnant of the last Ice Age. Or you can simply immerse yourself in the cleansing sound of water cascading through the rocky ravines. In any case, your thoughts will undoubtedly flow backward and forward through time while enjoying your present experience.
After a full day of exploring nature, your stomach may be crying out for some nourishment. Consider visiting one of the many restaurants nearby in Chester or Long Valley.