Posted Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, in collaboration with the Morris County Historical Society, is sponsoring the First Annual Whippany River History Hike on Sunday, Oct. 16.

whippanyThe two-hour family friendly interpretative hike will follow Patriots Path for 2 miles, from Acorn Hall in Morristown to Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township and then back again, running from 12:30-3:00 p.m. The hike will highlight and bring awareness to the cultural and natural history of this significant and treasured waterway.

Presentations, given along the hike, will highlight distinct cultural and natural features of this section of the Whippany River Watershed, as well as the flora and fauna, including:

  • The Historical Society’s recovery of a culturally significant woodlot behind Acorn Hall, lost during Superstorm Sandy;
  • The archaeological remains of a Revolutionary-Era Powder Mill along the river;
  • The land-use of George Griswald Frelinghuysen’s ‘Whippany Farm,’ better known today as Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

whippany-2Registration for this free public event will take place from 12:30-1 p.m. at Acorn Hall, which is located at 68 Lafayette Avenue, Morristown.  Light refreshments will be served and the documentary film, “A River’s Journey” will be shown.The hike will start, rain or shine, at 1 p.m.

After the hike, participants are welcome to view Acorn Hall and the MCHS’s exhibit “Fine, Fancy and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing The Bride” with admission to the museum.

The Whippany River Watershed Committee’s mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water resources of the Whippany River Watershed and sponsor outreach programs, educational and social events such as this one to educate and inform the public and private sectors about the significance of the river and the land around it.

Acorn Hall

Acorn Hall

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1945, is a member supported non-profit organization whose mission is to discover, preserve, promote and interpret the history of Morris County and New Jersey through events, programs, exhibits, publications, and preservation advocacy.

For more information, please contact the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465 or the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee at 973-290-9338.


Sunday, October 16, 2016
12:30 pm to 12:45 pm Welcome / Sign In / Refreshments/ Video of “River’s Journey” on Acorn Hall Porch
12:45 pm SHARP Hike Begins – En route to Frelinghuysen Arboretum via Patriot’s Path
1:15 pm Option A: Historic House Tour of the Frelinghuysen Mansion
Option B: Nature Discovery Walk at Frelinghuysen and “Building an Environmentally Sensitive Parking Lot”
1:50 pm En route to Acorn Hall via Patriot’s Path — Meet at Patriot Path Trailhead (look for balloons)
2:15 pm Stop at point along Whippany River and talk about the environmental history of the Whippany River
2:30 pm Stop at Powder Mill Site and talk about the history of this Revolutionary War site

3 pm Hike Ends / Door Prize Drawing