Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Morris County Tourism Bureau’s “Historic Walking Tours –Summer 2015’’ makes its third stop this Saturday, Aug. 1, with a guided archival tour that will explore the behind-the-scenes history of Morris Township, which is celebrating its 275th anniversary this year.

Third Stop on Morris County Tourism Bureau's 2015 Summer Walking Series Features Morris Township's 275-year History

It is one of a series of on-the-ground explorations of county history sponsored by the Tourism Bureau this summer. The first two stops included detailed looks at the Morristown Green and Historic Speedwell.

 “These tours highlight the great history of our county, providing an entertaining and informative insight into our past for county residents and visitors, while helping to make Morris County a tourist attraction,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. 

Morris Township was founded in 1740 and celebrates a special milestone this year. An exhibit at the Morristown & Morris Township Library features highlights from the township’s history, its significant institutions and residents. After viewing the exhibit, library staff will introduce you to the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, the archive used to create the exhibit.

There also will 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.

This unique tour is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at the library, which is located at 1 Miller Road and South Street in Morristown. Group size is limited to 40. Metered on-street parking is available, and the library has a free parking lot. Cost of the event is $15. This tour will be given once this year.

For more information contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at 973-631-5151 or email [email protected]

Future tours planned by the Tourism Bureau on various Saturday mornings in August include a look at Morristown’s magnificent churches and a curator’s tour of the Morristown National Historical Park.

Morristown’s Sacred Spaces: The Church Architecture Tour

Third Stop on Morris County Tourism Bureau's 2015 Summer Walking Series Features Morris Township's 275-year History
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. 

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 on and near Court Street and in downtown parking garages. Cost: $15.

Morristown National Historical Park’s Curator’s Tour 

Third Stop on Morris County Tourism Bureau's 2015 Summer Walking Series Features Morris Township's 275-year History
 
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. 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.

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.

All Tourism Bureau 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]