Monday, June 15th, 2015

The Morris County Tourism Bureau has announced the schedule for its “Historic Walking Tours –Summer 2015,’’ which will feature guided Saturday morning walks and behind-the-scenes tours of places that played a prominent role in the history of Morris County.

The tours are offered on various Saturday mornings in July and August, all starting at 10 a.m. and requiring pre-registration.

Featured this summer are Morristown’s magnificent churches, the Morristown Green at 300 years old, an inside look at Historic Speedwell, a curator’s tour of the Morristown National Historical Park, and a look at the history of Morris Township at 275 years old.

2015 Summer Walking Tours Explore History of Morris County
Morristown Green

The Morristown Green Turns 300:

The historic Morristown Green began appearing on maps of the area beginning in 1715, 300 years ago. Considered Morristown’s “jewel”, the Green has been at the center of life in Morristown since its founding and throughout its history. Learn about the activities that have taken place on the Green, the landscape’s features and its 2007 renovation.

Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Meet in the center of the Green at the stone bench. Tour size is limited to 30. Metered parking available on streets and in downtown garages. Cost: $15. This tour will be given once this year.

Morristown National Historical Park’s Curator’s Tour:

A rare opportunity for the public to explore the treasures of the National Park’s archives which span the years 15,000 B.C. to the 20th century and include 500,000 objects.  This tour is atypical in that participants will have an opportunity to see objects that DO NOT relate to Washington’s time in Morristown.A behind-the-ropes, curator-led tour of the archives has been created with a twist. If a tour participant has a particular interest, and lets the Tourism Bureau know by August 8, the curator will comb the archives to see if there’s something relevant which will be shown to the group.

2015 Summer Walking Tours Explore History of Morris County

Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. at Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Meet in the foyer of the museum building. Tour size is limited to 30. Cost: $20 includes admission to the park for the day. Free parking is available in two parking lots adjacent to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum. This tour will be given once this year.

Morristown’s Sacred Spaces: The Church Architecture Tour:

Morristown is “a town of towers and spires”, home to churches with a variety of unique architectural features. Join us as we visit the exteriors of the First Baptist Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Church of the Assumption, The Presbyterian Church of Morristown, the Church of the Redeemer, and the United Methodist Church. Some of the churches will be open so that the interiors can be viewed.

2015 Summer Walking Tours Explore History of Morris County
Presbyterian Church in Morristown

Saturday, August 8 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Tourism Bureau office located at 6 Court Street, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 30. Metered and free parking is available at Court Street and in downtown garages. Cost: $15.

Historic Speedwell Gets a Makeover: 

Visit Historic Speedwell, one of Morris County’s four national landmarks. A custom tour of the Vail Homestead will be given. A member of the staff will guide the group throughout the “mansion” to parts that are never seen by the public. On display will be the historic preservation plans and a 3D model of how the home, built in the early 1800s, will be restored for the 21st century.

Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Historic Speedwell Visitors Center, 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 25. Free parking available at Historic Speedwell. Expect a five minute walk to the Visitor Center. Cost: $20.  The tour price includes free admission to the site for the day. This tour will be given once this year.

Researching Local History and the Morris Township at 275 Exhibit:

Morris Township was founded in 1740 and celebrates a special milestone this year. An exhibit at the library features highlights from its history, its significant institutions and residents. After the exhibit, library staff will introduce you to the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, the archive used to create the exhibit. There will also be a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives where you’ll learn about the resources available to the public: electronic genealogy websites, books, maps, photos, family files and more.

Saturday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Meet at the library, 1 Miller Road at South Street, Morristown. Group size is limited to 40. Metered on-street parking is available, and the library has a free parking lot. Cost: $15. This tour will be given once this year.

All Saturday tours begin at 10 a.m. and last 60 to 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 or $20 depending on the program length. You can register and pre-pay online at morristourism.org. For more information contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at 973-631-5151 or email [email protected].