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Morristown Historical Walking Tours: Hauntings & Hikes


The Morris County Tourism Bureau Announces it’s Fall Walking Tour Series. Back by popular demand – make your reservations now!

Morristown: October 9, Historic Hike
A 90 minute hike from the Morris County Courthouse uphill to Fort Nonsense. Historic sites included in the tour will be the Courthouse, the area’s first water system and the story of how a Revolutionary War-era redoubt, Fort Nonsense, got its name. The tour will be led by Al MacLennan, an experienced hiker and heritage tour guide. The tour will begin at 6 Court Street, Morristown at 10 a.m. Tour participants will encounter a steep hill ascending to Fort Nonsense.

Morristown: October 16, Remains to Be Seen
Morristown’s 300 years of death and dying are revealed by local historian/former museum director David Breslauer with an evening lantern tour of the National Historic District.

Starting with the graves at St. Peter’s churchyard we will recount the lives of the bones and stones that may be at rest. Buried at the church are Alfred Vail, inventor of the telegraph and George Macculloch and his wife Louisa. Macculloch created the Morris Canal connecting the Delaware and Hudson Rivers across New Jersey.

The lantern walk will then enter the historic neighborhood. The grand homes include the Thomas Nast house, a National Landmark, the Kedge, Edgewood, Goodrest, Evergreens, and the Potts mansion, ending at Macculloch Hall where visitors are never alone with five generations of family members still continue to enjoy their home after 140 years!
The tour will start at St. Peter’s Church, Miller & South Street, Morristown 5pm-6:30pm

Morristown: October 23 Real Bones, Old Stones: the Presbyterian Graveyard
Local historian and educator Scott Shepherd will walk you through the graveyard behind the Presbyterian Church revealing the history of Morristown. Some of the graves reflect the rich and famous of the Morris area such as Estey, Condict, Lindsley, Ford and Doughty. Other graves are more tragic. During the Revolution, soldiers dying of smallpox at the church which doubled as a hospital were buried in unmarked graves. The bones are below, the aged stones are above, and Scott Shepherd will share their story with walking tour visitors. The tour will start at the Presbyterian Church, Park Place, North of the Green, Morristown at 4pm-5:30pm

Admission: $10.00 a person
Reservations are required: (973) 631-5151


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