George Macculloch was an early contributor to the Industrial Revolution
George Macculloch envisioned the Morris Canal
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.
Macculloch had a 26-acre farm and orchard on the property and kept extensive diaries on his agricultural efforts.
This garden, greatly diminished in size, is reputed to have been Morris County's first. Today it has many original plantings, landscape features and many varieties of heirloom roses, some unique to this garden. Planted for seasonal blooming, spring daffodils and tulips are followed by a magnificent wisteria. The wisteria was a gift to the Maccullochs from Commodore Matthew Perry who opened Japan to American trading in the mid-1850s, and brought back the wisteria along the porch.
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.
Thomas Nast's Santa Claus
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: Free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.