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, arts and people of Boonton as well as a gift shop. The society also provides walking tours and evening programs on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.Read Less
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.)
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.
April-June: Sat: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
July-Aug: Wed-Sat: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sept-Oct: Sat: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dover 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 displays, meetings and research, and reaches out to all with educational and entertaining presentations of the rich history of the Dover Area. Visit the Dover History Museum House which is open by appointment only.Read Less
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 Vanderbilt and her husband Hamilton McKeon Twombly, desiring a country estate, came to quiet Morris County.
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 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.Read Less
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
Hours of Operation:
April-June: Wednesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Closed Sundays
July-October: Wednesday through Saturday 10am-5pm
Historic Speedwell will be open Sundays throughout the season for special events. Please check our calendar of events for these specific dates.
Last tour begins at 3:30pm
Guided tours are available of the Vail Home, Factory Building and Wheelhouse.
Jefferson Township Museum, The (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. 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.).
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.
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 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 three 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".
Hours and Fees:
Museum: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adults $8/Seniors $6/Students over 12 $6/Children 6-12 $4/ Members & Children 5 & under are admitted free.
Garden: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless posted otherwise. There is no charge to visit the garden.Read Less
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 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.
Hours and Fees:
Monday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group tours by appointment.
Adults $6/Seniors $5/Students $3/Children under twelve and members are admitted free.Read Less
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 community and some of its famous former residents, including artist Homer Davenport. (The museum is open Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.)
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. Historic signage on the Green tells the story of the importance of the space to Morris County’s development.
Morristown National Historical Park
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 interprets the history and subsequent commemoration of these encampments and the extraordinary fortitude of the officers and enlisted men under Washington's leadership.
The winter of 1779-80, the most severe of the century, brought great suffering to the Continental Army at Morristown. Despite this and many other adversities, General Washington demonstrated his leadership by holding the army together as an effective fighting force. The Ford Mansion, where Washington made his headquarters, is an important feature of the park and recalls civilian contributions to the winning of independence.
The national park consists of four non-contiguous units including the Washington's Headquarters Unit, the Fort Nonsense Unit, the Jockey Hollow Unit, and the New Jersey Brigade Area. The park features two original structures, the Ford Mansion in Morristown and the Wick House in Jockey Hollow. There are approximately 27 miles of walking trails in the Jockey Hollow Unit.
Ford Mansion at Washington's Headquarters
Washington's Headquarters Unit consists of two primary structures situated on 16 acres: the historic Ford Mansion and the Washington's Headquarters Museum. The Ford Mansion is an original 18th-century structure and was built 1772-74. It is furnished in the style of the period. The mansion was General Washington's military headquarters for six months during the winter of 1779-80. Guided tours of the Ford Mansion are offered daily. The historic house has limited accessibility to individuals with mobility impairments.
Washington's Headquarters Museum
The museum features three exhibit galleries and an introductory video. The park's private partner, the Washington Association of New Jersey, continues to raise funds to complete the renovation of the exhibit galleries. The museum also offers a gift shop and restrooms, and serves as the visitor contact point to begin the Ford Mansion tours.
Jockey Hollow Visitor Center
The Jockey Hollow Visitor Center was built in 1975 and serves as the central area for visitor contact in the Jockey Hollow Unit of the park. It offers a staffed visitor reception desk and a gift shop and restrooms. An introductory video is offered. Also presented are a furnished full-scale soldier hut display, information on the natural aspects of the park, and a large wall mural to aid the visitor's visualization of the 1779-1780 encampment. The historic Wick House is closed in 2015 for renovation. The adjacent kitchen garden is open. Many visitors hike up to the replica soldier huts.
This unit of the park was the site of an earthwork fortification built by Washington's troops in the spring of 1777 on what was then called Kinney's Hill. Its purpose was to protect the main roads leading north and south and the military storehouses in Morristown. Due to later folklore, the site acquired the name "Fort Nonsense". Site interpretation includes seven wayside exhibits, a vista clearing overlooking Morristown, and a small monument. Picnic tables are available. Fort Nonsense is open daily, 9 a.m. until sunset. There are no amenities, water, or restroom facilities at Fort Nonsense. Fort Nonsense is not staffed.
Hours and Fees:
Summer 2015: Open every day 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Washington's Headquarters Museum/Ford Mansion Unit: Adults 16 and over $7.00
Jockey Hollow Unit: FreeRead Less
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 Rockaway Township were worked almost continuously, with the last mine operating until 1978.
Daily: 8 am - dusk
Mount Tabor Historical Society
The Society preserves the history of Mount Tabor, established in 1869 as one of the first Methodist summer camp meetings in New Jersey and a neighborhood of permanent, fanciful Victorian residences and buildings. The Mount Tabor Historical Society is privileged to share their historic community as well as the Richardson History House - a camp meeting cottage museum. The 1873 History House invites visitors to travel back to another era and see what it was like to spend a summer camp meeting style. Each September there is a self-guided house tour of the area. (The house is open the second Sunday of the month 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.)
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 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.
Hours and Fees:
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays during July and August.
Adults: $5/Children 6 and over, seniors over 62 and students $3/Members and children 5 and under are admitted for free. Maximum entrance fee per family is $13.00.Read Less
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 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.)
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 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.)
Ralston Cider Mill
The Ralston Cider Mill illuminates the interesting history and importance of applejack from the earliest settlers through Prohibition. Visitors can tour the restored building, built in 1848, with knowledgeable staff that explain the history and construction of the mill. On display is the restored original equipment where one can see a demonstration of the production process and hear the story of hard cider, applejack and bootleg Jersey Lightning. (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.)
Located in the 1860s Trowbridge/Brundage farmhouse, the museum is operated by the Historical Society of Old Randolph. Visitors gain insight into the past through permanent and special exhibits, oral histories and programs. Artifacts from life in and around Randolph are exhibited in displays that include an old-fashioned schoolroom, home life, local industry, farming and the Mt. Freedom resort industry. (The museum is open April to November Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.)
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.
(Sun. 2-4 and by appointment)
The Seeing Eye, the oldest existing guide dog school in the world, is a philanthropic 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.
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, 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.
Hours and Fees:
Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Tours depart hourly: 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. With the exception of Open House events, the Log House may only be viewed via guided tour. Closed on all major holidays.
$10 Adults/$7 Seniors and Students/$4 Children up to age 12/Free for Members and children age two and under.Read Less
Whippany Railway Museum
The Whippany Railway Museum has been bringing to life the history of New Jersey’s since 1985 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.)