Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The Morris County Heritage Commission has added the Morris County Courthouse to its series of online exhibits about the county’s history.

The exhibit, “The Morris County Courthouse-Celebrating over 180 Years of Service to the Citizens of Morris County,” looks at the history, historic elements, purpose and changes made to the structure since it was built in 1827, and may
be viewed on the Heritage Commission Web site, www.morrisheritage.org.

Several famous courthouse trials are also noted in the exhibit, as is information about the first two county courthouses that were located on the Morristown Green.

Viewers of the online exhibit, which was curated by Margaret Shultz, the Heritage Commission’s history program coordinator and archivist, will also learn that prior to its 100th anniversary in 1927, the courthouse withstood an effort by some citizens who wanted it demolished and replaced with a modern structure.

The virtual tour of the courthouse joins online exhibits about the Morris County Cultural Center and some of the exceptional women from the county’s past such as Col. Ruth Streeter, the first woman to hold the rank of major in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Louisa Sanderson Macculloch, who in 1813 founded what is now Family Services of Morris County.

Additional information about the online exhibits or any of the programs offered by the Morris County Heritage Commission may be obtained by calling the Commission at 973-829-8117 or by visiting the Heritage Commission Web site, www.morrisheritage.org.