The Morris County Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the return of its popular historic walking tour series which will take place in September and October of 2021. This well-known series highlights the history, people and architecture of Morris County over 300 years—the area began appearing on maps about 1715. These local tour guides are experts in their field. The area’s periods of significance covered by this Morris County historic walking tour series include the Colonial era, the Victorian Age and its Gilded Age. There will also be history combined with Halloween fun later in October. Capacity limits will be in effect. Pre-registration is a must and is available through Eventbrite.com beginning August 18th.
For more information, call 973-631-5151 during business hours, or contact [email protected]
#1. Morristown Architecture:
Guide Carol Barkin will lead a tour of downtown Morristown, highlighting a number of civil, commercial and residential buildings that remain from the town’s 300-year history. Buildings include a home from the 18th century, the Federal style 1827 Morris County courthouse, and Gilded Age mansions from the early 20th century. Ms. Barkin is a member of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission, as well as a tour guide for the Morris County Tourism Bureau. Meet at 6 Court St for the 10:30 am tour. Saturday, September 18: Morristown Architecture
#2. Miscellaneous Morristown:
Follow Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika on a walk through downtown Morristown to uncover “weird” and obscure local history. Ms. Nadzeika, formerly the director of the Morris County Historical Society, and the author of “Morristown-Postcard History,” leads the tour and answers your questions about Morris County and Morristown’s 300-year history. Meet at 6 Court Street for the 11 am tour. Saturday, September 25: Miscellaneous Morristown
#3. Victorian Morristown:
If you love Victoriana, this tour is for you. Karen Ann Kurlander lives in Morristown in a Victorian home that she carefully preserves. She will stroll from the Starbucks on the Morristown Green into the area of the Morristown Historic District that features 100 Victorian homes and highlight the features, people and stories associated with these unique and exquisitely restored residences. Meet at the Starbucks by the Morristown Green at the corner of North Park Place and Market Street for the 11 am tour. Saturday, October 2: Victorian Morristown
#4. Colonial Morristown:
Patricia Sanftner, a member of the local D.A.R. and an expert on Colonial-era Morristown, will lead a tour of downtown Morristown to sites that tell the stories of the Continental Army’s two visits to the area in 1777 and 1779-80. The Morristown Green, the First Presbyterian Church and the Lewis Condict House are just a few of the stops along the way. Meet at the center of the Morristown Green for the 10 am tour.
#5. Gilded Age Morristown-The Foote Mansion:
The largest residence ever built in Morristown, Spring Brook Farm is an outstanding example of a Gilded Age mansion and former 1,000-acre gentleman farm from the early 20th century. Tour the interior and the Italian gardens out back. Enjoy beverages and snacks in the garden after a lecture about the home by Carol Barkin, a member of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission and tour guided for the Morris County Tourism Bureau. Meet at Loyola Jesuit Center, 161 James Street for the 2 pm tour. Sunday, October 17: Gilded Age Morristown: The Foote Mansion
#6. Halloween in the Whippany Burying Yard:
Cancelled due to poor weather conditions
Dress up and come out for a tour of this 300-year old-plus graveyard, Morris County’s first in the township of Whippany in Hanover. This historic walking tour in Morris County takes place in the county’s first settlement of Hanover. Members of the local preservation commission will lead the Halloween tour. They will be in costume and you are encouraged to dress up, too. There are Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers buried here, along with Whippany’s founders. Meet at the Burying Yard, 325 Route Ten East for the 2 pm tour. Saturday, October 30: Halloween in the Whippany Burying Yard
Pre-register early as these tours sellout quickly!
Scheduling issues? Download our Historic Morristown Walking Tour app through Google or Apple and take a 27-stop self-guided tour of Morris County historic sites at your convenience:
For more to see and do in Morris County go to: morristourism.org