Posted 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.
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
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.
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]