Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
The Morris County Tourism Bureau’s 2016 Fall Historic Presentations will include a return to the romance of Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Schuyler, plus an appropriately ghostly look at the Ford Mansion, which once was home to George Washington.
The two programs will include a return engagement of the popular “Love Story of Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton’’’ on Saturday, Oct. 8, and “Ghostly Revelations at the Ford Mansion’’ on Saturday, Oct. 15.
These popular fall programs are expected to sell out quickly, so you are advised to book early to reserve space.
“With the continuing interest in Alexander Hamilton generated by the Broadway play, and the popularity of the program this summer, we decided to do a repeat look at the romance between Hamilton and Betsy Schuyler,” said Leslie Bensley Executive Director of the Tourism Bureau. “I think Hamilton enthusiasts will find it very interesting.”
“We again congratulate the Tourism Bureau for its continuing excellent programs and presentations that call attention to the great history of Morris County, and which provide our county residents and visitors with a rich experience,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
The Romance of Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton — October 8
During the Revolutionary War, a young and dashing Alexander Hamilton, General George Washington’s aide-de-camp at the Ford Mansion, spent the winter and spring in Morristown while his future wife, Betsy Schuyler, was nearby at the home of the Campfield family. Hear the romantic tale of their courtship from members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who are the conservators of the circa 1760 Schuyler-Hamilton House.
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., at the Schuyler-Hamilton House, 5 Olyphant Place, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 30. Cost: $15. There is limited parking on Olyphant Place which is off Morris Avenue between Elm and Ridgedale. Parking also is available at the Morristown Train Station, Lackawanna Place and Morris Avenue.
Ghostly Revelations at the Ford Mansion — October 15
The Ford Mansion recently underwent a paranormal study by Gordon Ward, a well-respected investigator of ghosts and hauntings and an author on the topic. This program will include new photos, audio recordings, developing theories, and information collected from his study of the Ford Mansion, General George Washington’s home for 200 days in 1780, and the Ford family’s home for three generations.
After the study’s results are presented, program participants may tour the Ford Mansion with park rangers and spend the day at Morristown National Historical Park. Meet in the auditorium of the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Cost is $15 per person and includes free park admission for the day. Free parking is available in two lots adjacent to the park and also along Washington Place.
Both presentations will last about one hour. Tickets are $15 each. Please mail your payment to MCTB, 6 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 or pay online at morristourism.org. The Tourism Bureau office is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information or to pre-register call 973-631-5151.
The Fall 2016 programs are sponsored by Whole Foods Market of Morristown and the Morris Township Turkey Trot to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County and the Interfaith Food Pantry.