Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

A vivid re-telling of the 19th Century trial of triple murderer Antoine LeBlanc, which led to his public hanging on the Morristown Green is set for Saturday morning, June 20, in the very courtroom where a Morris County jury found him guilty 182 years ago.

The story will be told by the Honorable Kenneth C. MacKenzie, retired judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, historian, and member of the Board of Trustees of Historic Speedwell. Judge Mackenzie will share his legal insights into one of Morris County’s most notorious trials.

19th Century Murder Trial is Focus of Special Morris County Tourism Bureau Historic Event on Saturday, June 20, in Morristown
Participants will get first-hand details about Morristown’s most famous murder trial as you sit in the actual courtroom, in the Morris County Courthouse, where Antoine LeBlanc was tried in 1833 for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant Phoebe. The triple murder shocked the entire state and resulted in LeBlanc’s execution.

The program will be in lecture format and take place in Courtroom One, preserved to look as it did in 1833.

There is a limited number of seats available for this Morris County Tourism Bureau program, which will be offered only once in 2015.

It is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. Participants will meet outside of the courthouse, at 6 Court Street in Morristown. The cost is $15 per person. You can pre-register and pay online at

The Morris County Tourism Bureau also has recently 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.

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