Each of Morris County's municipalities has something to offer the heritage tourist. There are many highlighting the county’s Revolutionary War-era past, its rich contributions to early Industrial America, the Gilded Age and its emergence in the 20th century as a cradle of innovation in the pharmaceutical & telecommunications industries. Home to America’s first national historical park, dedicated to preserving the history of General George Washington and the Continental Army who camped locally in the winters of 1777 and 1779-80.
Sometimes a trip is more than a trip—it's an adventure! An escape from our daily routine and an opportunity to discover something new and to explore. It's about embracing and enjoying unique experiences, some of which can be found a stone’s throw away on a weekend... by car!
Rich in historic lore, tradition, and awaiting your exploration is Morris County! Located approximately 30 miles northwest of New York City, the area was originally inhabited by the Lenape Indians and then settled by New Englanders of European origin in the early 1700s while it was known as the British Province of New Jersey.
Morris County was formed by an Act of the State Legislature on March 15, 1738. Named after Colonel Lewis Morris, then Governor of the Province of New Jersey, the region originally included what are now the counties of Morris, Sussex and Warren. Several years after its founding, the community of West or New Hanover was renamed "Morris Town" and designated the county seat of government.
During the Revolutionary War and down to today, Morristown has been known as The Military Capital of the American Revolution, as it played host during two winter encampments by General George Washington and the Continental Army. Much of the history of these encampments is preserved today at Morristown National Historical Park.