Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
In 1933, America’s first National Historical Park was built at Morristown to preserve and interpret the two winter encampments by Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. On Saturday, a walking tour in Morristown offered by the Morris County Tourism Bureau will take a fascinating look at that effort, including some unique insights into the construction effort.
The tour, which runs from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, begins in the foyer of Washington’s Headquarters Museum, at 30 Washington Place in Morristown.
It will include a tour of the buildings and grounds created and restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps during America’s Great Depression, plus a viewing of the actual architectural drawings from the museum archives.
Young men enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps literally camped in Morristown during the construction period, building the park and restoring existing buildings under the tutelage of John Russell Pope, who was America’s foremost Beaux Arts architect during the so-called “Gilded Age.’’
During the tour, a park ranger will display Pope’s architectural plans and models, discuss the work of the CCC and lead a unique tour of the park.
Pre-registration is required for the tour, which has a limit of 30 participants. The cost is $20, which includes free admission to the park for the day. For more information or to sign up for this event, or for information on upcoming tours, please call 973-631-5151, or visit: morristourism.org