Morris County, New Jersey: Where Alexander Hamilton Fell in Love
The Return of the Alliance
In celebration of the Trustees of the Morristown Green's 200th anniversary, local residents and visitors welcomed back to town three founding fathers on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Read more: Event coverage from morristowngreen.comRead Less
The Dish: Chef Chris Cannon
New Jersey leaves historic treasures by the side of the road
Leslie Bensley, who runs the Morris County Tourism Bureau, has developed an impressive wayfinding program for drivers and pedestrians to show off the local history.
"But we have to get people in off the interstate," she said.
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Historic Morris pics captivate tourgoers
MORRISTOWN – One of the highlights of the Morris County Tourism Bureau's Saturday walking tour, "The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Creation of Morristown National Historical Park," was looking at 'before' photos held by Park Ranger and Historian Eric Olsen of the Washington Headquarters Museum grounds.
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Huzzah's all around!
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Bernardsville News, March 12
Florham Park Eagle, January 24
Bed Check: The Madison, a winning Morristown, NJ, Hotel
Washington Post, February, 2011
And The Winners Are... click here for winners of the first annual Walking Tours of Windows Contest that ran during Holly Days 2010. Posted Dec. 2010
Morris County signs may get a $1M makeover; presentation on Nov. 10 in Morris Township Posted November 2010
Destination Signs in Morristown and Morris County Posted August 2010
Podcast and article of Hearth and Home exhibit at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
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‘Morristown: Where America Survived’ wins award for NJN posted June, 2010
Morristown's Second Revolutionary Weekend posted May, 2010
Macculloch Hall hosts Thomas Nast Exhibit, posted May, 2010
Morristown begins tourism rebranding to promote Revolutionary-era ties
posted November 24, 2009
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Lady Justice to Return to the Courthouse
A deteriorated, 300-pound wooden sculpture of the Lady of Justice will be restored and returned to her perch above the entrance to the Morris County courthouse under a plan whose funding is expected to be approved this month by the freeholders.
The 6-foot-tall sculpture stood outdoors for 185 years in the tympanum of the entrance to the courthouse but was taken down by a crane in the spring of 2013 and underwent a cleaning and evaluation by a Belle Mead-based art conservation firm.
The Justice statue was crafted by A.W. Jones of New York in 1828 and placed in the courthouse tympanum that year. After super storm Sandy in October 2012, a Morris County sheriff's officer found Justice's scales on the ground and a closer inspection of the figure showed it was bug-infested, its wood rotted and fingers missing from its hands.
County officials, with input from the Morris County Heritage Commission and Morris County Historic Preservation Trust, gave some consideration to a reproduction of the statue being made and placed in the tympanum and the original repaired but stored on site.
However, a historic structure report and master plan by Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects, LLC -- a firm hired by the freeholders to develop a plan for preserving the grandeur of the historic courthouse -- has recommended repairing the original sculpture using conservation techniques and putting it back in the tympanum. A reproduction has not been recommended by the historical architects.
A capital project ordinance that includes a $60,000 restoration for Justice is expected to be introduced by the freeholders at Wednesday's meeting, said Deena Leary, director of the county Department of Planning and Public Works. If passed, the money technically would be available in May but movement on the restoration would likely not occur until the late fall, Leary said.
For most of the past few years, Justice has been tucked away in a storage room on the ground floor of the courthouse where a microwave, old computer monitors and tools are kept. Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Christopher Walker, who works closely with the historical architects, makes regular checks to see the sculpture is still wrapped in a thermal blanket and tied to a hand truck to keep it upright.
Walker said that if the capital project is approved, Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects would work with another specialist to create specifications for restoration/repair that would be advertised as requests for quotes for preservation. Connolly & Hickey's report says the statue's left arm will require full replacement and the right arm may have to be replaced.
The report recommends replacing damaged wood with cypress, which is rot-resistant to an extent and would be the most compatible material to the original. The report recommends other repairs and preservation tips, including "weep holes" that should be added to the folds of Justice's dress under the armpits so rainwater and snow can drain.
"In addition to the sculpture itself, the sword and scales will also require restoration. In order to preserve the hands, which appear to be the most vulnerable aspect of the sculpture (in addition to the feet), careful consideration must be given to how these components are attached in order to deter deterioration in the long term," the report said.
"She is a rare and very special piece of early Morris County," Larry Fast, a Heritage Commission member, said previously. "She's a fundamental part of the architecture of that original Washington Street courthouse."
At peak condition, Justice should be holding the scales of justice with one arm and a sword that symbolizes protection of individual rights in the other arm.Read Less