Posted Monday, October 10th, 2016
The concluding event of a year-long Bicentennial Celebration of the Morristown Green is set for Sunday afternoon in the Morris County government seat and will feature appearances by special guests: General George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and Alexander HamiltonWashington, Hamilton and Lafayette, according to organizers.
The Trustees of the Morristown Green have been celebrating the 200th anniversary of their April 1816 founding all year with special events. The concluding FREE event will take place, of course, on the Morristown Green this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2-3 p.m. It willl take place rain or shine, with the Presbyterian Church at 57 East Park Place as the rain location.
In addition to music, a special exhibit about the Morristown Green, and a ceremonial tree-planting, the event will feature Washington and company, who will take questions and pose for photographs with attendees. The event is designed to appeal to history buffs of all ages, and especially to fans of the musical “Hamilton.”
The trustees purchased the 2.62-acre Green from the Presbyterian Church for $1,600 in 1816. Since that time, the Trustees have been responsible for the renovations and maintenance of the Green, which is Morristown’s most important open space and the site of many notable events in the town’s and county’s history.
The public is invited to celebrate on Sunday and learn more about the 300-year history of the Green, one of only two Greens to have survived to the 21st Century in New Jersey, the other being Military Park in Newark. The Trustees also will sell copies of the book, “The Green” by Richard Simon.
Attendees are asked to please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.
The event is a collaboration between The Trustees of the Morristown Green, Inc. and the Morris County Tourism Bureau, the destination marketing organization for the county. More information about the event can be found at morristourism.org.