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Boonton Historical Society & Museum

Located in the 1898 Dr. John Taylor House, the museum was founded to preserve and display Boonton’s history. The museum has permanent and changing exhibits about the history, …Read More

Located in the 1898 Dr. John Taylor House, the museum was founded to preserve and display Boonton’s history. The museum has permanent and changing exhibits about the history, arts and people of Boonton as well as a gift shop. The society also provides walking tours and evening programs. Open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Address: 210 Main Street, Boonton, NJ


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Butler Museum

Established in 1976, the museum is located in the historic 1889 NYS&W Railroad Station. Among the collections are military items and uniforms, American Hard Rubber Industry ar…Read More

Established in 1976, the museum is located in the historic 1889 NYS&W Railroad Station. Among the collections are military items and uniforms, American Hard Rubber Industry artifacts, Butler H.S. yearbooks from 1918, old newspapers on microfilm, a major postcard collection and Statue of Liberty artifacts. Call ahead for hours.

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Canal Society of New Jersey

The Canal Society of New Jersey is a non-profit organization formed in 1969 to foster the study of the history of New Jersey's two towpath canals. Members help preserve and r…Read More

The Canal Society of New Jersey is a non-profit organization formed in 1969 to foster the study of the history of New Jersey's two towpath canals. Members help preserve and restore canal remains and artifacts, educate the public in this history and provide enjoyment to its members by visiting canals and other historic sites. Sign up to receive their newsletters and view the website for programming. Canal Days at Waterloo and Waterloo Heritage Days are popular programs offered to the public throughout the year.

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Cooper Gristmill

The nearby Black River provided the power to mill flour as early as the 1760s. In 1826 Nathan Cooper built this gristmill with its water wheel, power shafts, gears and 2,000-p…Read More

The nearby Black River provided the power to mill flour as early as the 1760s. In 1826 Nathan Cooper built this gristmill with its water wheel, power shafts, gears and 2,000-pound millstone. Costumed interpreters tell the history of the mill.

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Dover Area Historical Society

The Society protects, preserves and recognizes the historic artifacts, buildings, districts and locales within the town of Dover. It maintains a museum, a living center for di…Read More

The Society protects, preserves and recognizes the historic artifacts, buildings, districts and locales within the town of Dover. It maintains a museum, a living center for displays, meetings and research, and reaches out to all with educational and entertaining presentations of the rich history of the Dover Area. Visit the website to see their programs and open house schedule. Visit by appointment also.

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Florham at Fairleigh Dickinson University

The story of Florham, a gilded age mansion now the centerpiece at Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, began over 110 years ago. In 1887 heiress Florence Vanderbi…Read More

The story of Florham, a gilded age mansion now the centerpiece at Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, began over 110 years ago. In 1887 heiress Florence Vanderbilt and her husband Hamilton McKeon Twombly, desiring a country estate, came to quiet Morris County.

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Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

Wishing to preserve her beloved home and give future generations the chance to experience the sights, smells, and sounds of rural life, Caroline Foster in 1979 bequeathed Fost…Read More

Wishing to preserve her beloved home and give future generations the chance to experience the sights, smells, and sounds of rural life, Caroline Foster in 1979 bequeathed Fosterfields to the Morris County Park Commission, to be preserved as a "living historical farm," the first in New Jersey. Not a replica, Fosterfields is a working farm, using the tools, techniques, and materials of a turn-of-the-century farm.

General Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere, bought the property in the mid-1800s and built the impressive Gothic Revival home, The Willows. Charles Foster purchased the farm in 1881, changing its name to Fosterfields, and it was here that Caroline Foster lived 98 of her 102 years. As she wished, Fosterfields offers an incomparable opportunity to experience our agricultural heritage, providing through its living history programs and tours a fascinating look at life in the late Victorian era.

The non-profit Friends of Fosterfields supports and promotes the development of Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Extensive information about their activities is available through their site.

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Historic Speedwell

Discover the "Birthplace of the Telegraph" and Morristown's special place in the Industrial Revolution. Tours run every hour on the half, from 10:30 a.m. with the last tour be…Read More

Discover the "Birthplace of the Telegraph" and Morristown's special place in the Industrial Revolution. Tours run every hour on the half, from 10:30 a.m. with the last tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. This 7.5-acre site is comprised of eight historic structures. Among these are the home of Stephen Vail, the proprietor of the Speedwell Ironworks, restored to the period of 1844-1864, and the Factory Building where Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail first publicly demonstrated the telegraph. This National Historic Landmark features three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits highlighting the telegraph and the development of modern communications. The site also illustrates the history of the Speedwell Ironworks and Stephen Vail's connection to the S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Weekend programming, special events, school groups, home school days, and scout programs. Visit the gift shop with its many delightful old-fashioned games and toys, unusual and inexpensive jewelry, ceramic mugs and teacups, herbal teas, t-shirts, educational books, even fossils!

Season: April through October

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Jefferson Township Museum: The George Chamberlain House

The Jefferson Township Museum is located in the George Chamberlain House, built in the 1870s for Amos Chamberlain, a resident of Milton Village, for his son George and his wif…Read More

The Jefferson Township Museum is located in the George Chamberlain House, built in the 1870s for Amos Chamberlain, a resident of Milton Village, for his son George and his wife Ruth Elizabeth Speaker. The museum is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe is open to the public during museum hours. The museum is open the first Sunday of every month March to December from 1 to 4 p.m.

Jefferson Museum

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Livingston-Benedict House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and protected from development by an easement held by the New Jersey Historic Trust, this house was occupied by Governor Wil…Read More

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and protected from development by an easement held by the New Jersey Historic Trust, this house was occupied by Governor William Livingston and his family during the Revolutionary War, and has been owned by members of the Benedict family since 1857.

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Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens

This 20-room Federal-style mansion was built in 1810 by George Macculloch, the father of the Morris Canal. This was the home to six generations of Macculloch descendants, and …Read More

This 20-room Federal-style mansion was built in 1810 by George Macculloch, the father of the Morris Canal. This was the home to six generations of Macculloch descendants, and once housed a boys school and Sunday services for what later became St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

The museum's ten period rooms showcase fine 18th and 19th century furnishings while two galleries offer changing exhibits. The museum is renowned for its collection of original prints and drawings by Thomas Nast, the famous 19th century political cartoonist who once lived across the avenue.

The Macculloch Hall garden has many original plantings, landscape features and numerous varieties of heirloom roses, some of which are unique to this garden. Planted for seasonal bloom, spring daffodils and tulips are followed by the magnificent wisteria. Commodore Matthew Perry, who opened Japan to American trading in the mid-1850s, brought the wisteria back from Japan as a gift to the Maccullochs. It is planted along the rear porch arbor.

The Macculloch descendants are responsible for the development of the adjacent neighborhood of fine Victorian homes. They sold off plots of their 26-acre farm and orchard to their New York City acquaintances who created a well-known summer cottage resort here during Morristown's Gilded Age---when Morristown was known as the "inland Newport".

The hall is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 3 p.m. The gardens behind the hall are free and open to the public daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall

Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall was built as a private residence in 1853 in the Victorian Italianate Villa style, complete with an unusual octagonal tower. Now …Read More

Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall was built as a private residence in 1853 in the Victorian Italianate Villa style, complete with an unusual octagonal tower. Now a house museum, it is decorated with original furnishings, carpeting and wall coverings. The museum hosts changing exhibits on local history or nineteenth century life, a Victorian garden and a gift shop called the Oak Leaf.

Acorn Hall was named for the two-centuries-old red oak (Quercus rubra) formerly standing on its property. It was built for the Schermerhorn family in 1853, and purchased by Augustus and Mary Crane in 1860. It remained in the Crane-Hone family until 1971, when Mary Crane Hone gave the Hall, its contents, and surrounding five acres to the Morris County Historical Society (MCHS).

The Hall and grounds are listed on the New Jersey State and the National Registers of Historic Places. In recognition of the role of the Crane and Hone women in both preservation and the women’s suffrage movement, Acorn Hall is part of the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail.

Acorn Hall serves as an authentic representation of early upper-middle class suburban life in Morris County. It is furnished primarily with pieces from the Schermerhorn and Crane-Hone families, and supplemented with significant objects from other prominent Morris County families. The garden is located along Patriot's Path, a 35-mile wooded trail that links federal, state and municipal parks, watershed lands historic sites and other points of interest across Morris County, Acorn Hall's site includes wide lawn areas, woodlands, and formal gardens. The Home Garden Club of Morristown maintains Acorn Hall's Victorian-inspired gardens with extensive plantings of annual and perennial flowers and plants.

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Morris Plains Museum

Through permanent and changing exhibits the Museum preserves the town’s history with a collection of artifacts, records and documents relating to the development of the commun…Read More

Through permanent and changing exhibits the Museum preserves the town’s history with a collection of artifacts, records and documents relating to the development of the community and some of its famous former residents, including artist Homer Davenport. The museum is open the first, second and third Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

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The Morristown Green

The official conservators of the 1715 Morristown Green, the Trustees provide for its maintenance and capital improvements, and oversee events that take place on the Green. His…Read More

The official conservators of the 1715 Morristown Green, the Trustees provide for its maintenance and capital improvements, and oversee events that take place on the Green. Historic signage on the Green tells the story of the importance of the space to Morris County’s development.

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Morristown National Historical Park

The National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park preserves, protects and maintains the landscapes, structures, features, archeological resources and collection…Read More

The National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park preserves, protects and maintains the landscapes, structures, features, archeological resources and collections of the Continental Army winter encampments, the headquarters of General George Washington, and related Revolutionary War sites at Morristown for the benefit and inspiration of the public. The park units include the Ford Mansion and Washington's Headquarters Museum, the Jockey Hollow unit, Fort Nonsense and the Cross Estate and Gardens. Please visit the website for days and times of operation and directions to the units. Hours of operation change seasonally.

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Mount Hope Historical Park

Mining at Mount Hope had begun as early as 1710, making it one of the oldest mining areas in Colonial America. For the next 270 years, mines at Mount Hope and throughout Rocka…Read More

Mining at Mount Hope had begun as early as 1710, making it one of the oldest mining areas in Colonial America. For the next 270 years, mines at Mount Hope and throughout Rockaway Township were worked almost continuously, with the last mine operating until 1978.

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Mount Tabor Historical Society at The Richardson History House

The Mount Tabor Historical Society preserves the history of Mount Tabor, established in 1869 as one of the first Methodist summer camp meetings in New Jersey, which has evolve…Read More

The Mount Tabor Historical Society preserves the history of Mount Tabor, established in 1869 as one of the first Methodist summer camp meetings in New Jersey, which has evolved into a neighborhood of permanent, fanciful Victorian residences and buildings. The Mount Tabor Historic District is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Society shares their historic community as well as the Mount Tabor Camp Meeting Museum housed in the 1873 Richardson History House. Visitors are invited to travel back to another era and see what it was like to spend a summer, camp meeting style. The Society sponsors a self-guided house tour in Mount Tabor every year on the last Saturday in September. The Museum is open the second Sunday of the month from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Park near the post office at 26 Simpson Avenue and walk up the path to the Museum on Trinity Park.

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Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Explore 18th and 19th century American history with a focus on New Jersey craftsmen and artisans. This Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building was formerly a library, a gift…Read More

Explore 18th and 19th century American history with a focus on New Jersey craftsmen and artisans. This Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building was formerly a library, a gift to the people of Madison from wealthy financier D. Willis James in 1900.

The interior architectural features of the building include vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, stenciled and painted brick interiors, elaborate fireplaces, carved stone and wood detailing and a tower housing a working 1899 Seth Thomas clock. As for the exterior features, visitors like to count the many gargoyles that decorate the building.

Drawing on its collection of more than 8,000 artifacts, the museum offers something for visitors of all ages. There are special exhibits and programming throughout the year and a gift shop with many interesting items for sale. The museum offers an outdoor concert series that attracts many local residents on summer Friday nights.

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Museums at Drakesville Historic Park

Listed on the NJ State and National Registers of Historic Places. The King Store originally built in 1815 was operated by Theodore F. King from 1874 to 1928. Theodore and Emma…Read More

Listed on the NJ State and National Registers of Historic Places. The King Store originally built in 1815 was operated by Theodore F. King from 1874 to 1928. Theodore and Emma Riggs King built the adjacent Victorian House in 1881 and in 1883 welcomed their daughter Louise into the family. A newly restored parlor and two exhibition rooms are open to the public. The museums are open April to December the second Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

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North Jersey American Revolution Round Table

The North Jersey American Revolution Round Table seeks to promote awareness of the pivotal role of the Garden State in the struggle for American independence. It presents lect…Read More

The North Jersey American Revolution Round Table seeks to promote awareness of the pivotal role of the Garden State in the struggle for American independence. It presents lectures on the military and governmental aspects of the American Revolution and organizes trips to areas of historical interest. Monthly lectures on the second Thursday of every month are held in the auditorium at Morristown National Historical Park in the Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.

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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

The Morristown & Morris Township Library is home to the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center, a research department with over 60,000 books, maps, microfilm archival and man…Read More

The Morristown & Morris Township Library is home to the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center, a research department with over 60,000 books, maps, microfilm archival and manuscript collections relating to New Jersey. The library also houses an exhibition gallery with rotating exhibits culled from the library's extensive local history archives.

Hours:

Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat. 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Call for summer hours

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Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill

The Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill was built circa 1750 by Philip Weise, one of the original settlers and expanded in the late 1800s. The site is currently being restor…Read More

The Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill was built circa 1750 by Philip Weise, one of the original settlers and expanded in the late 1800s. The site is currently being restored by the Washington Township Land Trust and is part of the German Valley Historic District. The mill is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

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Ralston Cider Mill

The social and economic issues leading to Prohibition fostered the conversion of this former gristmill, built in 1848, to a cider mill distillery in 1910. Closed in 1938, the…Read More

The social and economic issues leading to Prohibition fostered the conversion of this former gristmill, built in 1848, to a cider mill distillery in 1910. Closed in 1938, the mill and original equipment were restored and opened to the public in 2008 to review the history of hard cider, peach brandy, applejack and bootleg Jersey Lightning. Guided tours demonstrate the production process and operation of the original, restored water-powered belt and pulley-drive conveyors and presses. The mill is open Sundays in May, the last two Sundays of September and Saturdays and Sundays in October from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment to groups.

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Schuyler-Hamilton House

Schuyler-Hamilton House is the colonial home of Dr. Jabez Campfield. It was used by General Washington's personal physician, Dr. John Cochran. Washington’s aide, Colonel Alexa…Read More

Schuyler-Hamilton House is the colonial home of Dr. Jabez Campfield. It was used by General Washington's personal physician, Dr. John Cochran. Washington’s aide, Colonel Alexander Hamilton, courted house guest Betsy Schuyler here. The home is now owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Open on Sunday 2-4 and by appointment.

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The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye, the oldest existing guide dog school in the world, is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confid…Read More

The Seeing Eye, the oldest existing guide dog school in the world, is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye® dogs. Seeing Eye breeds, raises and trains puppies to become Seeing Eye®dogs. Call for info session times.

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The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the 1911 estate of noted designer, Gustav Stickley, who is internationally known for his multiple roles as lifestyle designer, philo…Read More

This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the 1911 estate of noted designer, Gustav Stickley, who is internationally known for his multiple roles as lifestyle designer, philosopher, publisher, social critic, and leader of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. For lovers of Stickley, or Mission, furniture, this is a must-see site.

The centerpiece of the park-like estate is Stickley’s massive Log House, which is now operated as a historic house museum. Major restoration and refurbishments have taken place throughout the property including the sensitive restoration of the master bedroom in the Log House.

The museum offers many educational events and activities and has opened the Log House to the public year-round. A series of lectures, programs, workshops, and meetings are held in the education room adjacent to the Annex. The North Cottage, a charming bungalow, one of the nine Stickley structures on the site, is open for special programs and by appointment. The gift shop, located in the Log House's original kitchen, contains many items related to the American Arts and Crafts movement and Stickley designs.

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Whippany Burying Yard

The Whippany Burying Yard on Route 10, established in 1718, is the oldest cemetery in northern New Jersey. There are eleven revolutionary soldiers, some soldiers who fought in…Read More

The Whippany Burying Yard on Route 10, established in 1718, is the oldest cemetery in northern New Jersey. There are eleven revolutionary soldiers, some soldiers who fought in the Civil War and people from prominent families in what was the original Hanover Township. Among the citizens buried there are Colonel Joseph Tuttle, commander of the Morris County Militia, and Abraham Kitchel, an early settler, and both original judges of Morris County. The burying yard has been recognized on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and was established as a “Township Designated Landmark Site.”

One of the main duties of the Hanover Landmark Commission is to restore and/or repair gravestones, an ongoing job. Other activities include the placing of plaques on significant sites and buildings (9 at present), the producing of a brochure which illustrates a tour of the burying yard, displaying changing exhibits in the Municipal Building showcasing important organizations and/or activities in Hanover Township, and conducting seminars to educate the children and adults of Hanover Township. Two seminars have already taken place with a third upcoming to celebrate the Tercentennial of the local Iron Forge.

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Whippany Railway Museum

The Whippany Railway Museum has been bringing to life the history of New Jersey’s since 1965 through its displays of vintage trains and railroad memorabilia. Special holiday t…Read More

The Whippany Railway Museum has been bringing to life the history of New Jersey’s since 1965 through its displays of vintage trains and railroad memorabilia. Special holiday train excursions are offered throughout the year including an Easter Bunny Express and a Santa Claus Special. The museum is open April to October Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.

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