Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Get ready for a rare experience a rare opportunity to use a unique blend of history and science to walk through time when the Morris County Park Commission presents “SteamPunk’’ at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, coming up on Saturday, April 9.

steampunk-51760-lgIntrigued by the name and photos but don’t know much about it? Then stop by on  April 9, from 2-4 p.m. for “Steampunk 101: What the Heck Is It?” Learn about this trend that’s featured more and more in literature, movies and TV.

This daytime program is covered by your regular admission price to the site and includes a craft workshop.

However, more experienced temporal voyagers and anachronologists are invited to wear their  steampunk fashions at a separate event at the Vail House at Historic Speedwell, from 6-8:30 p.m. when they can be photographed by a professional photographer in this historic space at the “Steep-Punk! Steampunk tea and Photo Shoot.”

Then, take a walk over to the historic L’Hommedieu House for  a three-course high tea. Steampunk aficionados can enjoy delicious treats and receive a free 5”x 7” photo.

The tea and photo shoot are $50 per person.  Pre-registration is required for this event. Contact [email protected]


SteampunkOkay, you ask what is SteamPunk? You only need to imagine a world much different from what we know; a world of machines, gears, and springs powered by steam.

Wikipedia describes Steampunk as a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

According to the “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrence’’ Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. 

Two of steampunk’s most revered heroes, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, who are regarded as part of the foundation of science fiction, would be listed as steampunk authors if they were writing their works today.

Two privately run Steampunk City festivals have been held previously at Historic Speedwell, the last in 2013, which drew large crowds.

The organizer said he brought the festival to Historic Speedwell because it was the site of the invention of the telegraph, which fit perfectly into the times and technology of Verne and Wells, and into the modern SteamPunk movement.

For more information on Morris County Parks, Historic Speedwell and the SteamPunk event, visit: