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Morristown New Jersey Historical Walking Tours 2012

Summer Tour Series: Featuring Gardens, Sacred Spaces and Local Lore


The Morris County Tourism Bureau (MCTB) welcomes you to join us again for our perennial walking tour series. Experience the rich history Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide. Tours are offered during June, July and the early part of August on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately 90 minutes.  Tickets are $12 each.  Please mail your pre-payment to MCTB, 6 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 to hold your reservation.  All tours except Dover and the Seeing Eye begin at 6 Court Street.
Secrets & Lore of Historic Morristown
Mark Texel – June 2              
Carol Barkin – August 11
Grand homes, wealthy builders, and some annoying neighbors are part of the story of the development of Morristown’s historic residential district.  As two farms developed into one of the nation’s most prestigious summer enclaves during the Gilded Age, the new ‘summer cottages’ changed the character of Morristown’s landscape and the local social scene.  Walk by beautifully restored Victorian homes and hear the stories of wayward livestock, and former tycoons and their eccentricities.  The tour ends in Morristown’s ‘secret garden.’
Mark Texel is the Director of the Morris County Park Commission’s Historic Sites Division.  He is a trustee of the Washington Valley Association and lives in a circa 1920s farmhouse in Morris Township.  Carol Barkin is a docent and outreach manager for the Morris County Tourism Bureau and a member of the Morristown and Morris Township Historic Preservation Commissions.
Group size is limited to 25.
Antique Gardens and Landscapes New 2012
Alice Cutler June 16 & July 14    
Our guide will lead you through the Morristown Historic District, stopping at elegant buildings and residences, pointing out the history of their gardens and some unusual landscape and architectural features. Highlights will include the Green, Vail Mansion, Villa Fontana and end in the garden of Macculloch Hall during the one-mile stroll.
Alice Cutler is a trustee of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens, one of the Trustees of the Morristown Green, and a former president and eighteen-year member of the Morristown Garden Club.
Group size is limited to 25.
Trial of the 19th Century: Antoine LeBlanc
Judge Kenneth C. MacKenzie
June 23 & August 4
Learn all about Morristown’s most famous murder trial as you sit in the actual courtroom where Antoine LeBlanc was tried in 1833 for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant Phoebe. The triple murder shocked the entire state and resulted in LeBlanc’s execution by hanging on the Morristown Green. The program will be in lecture format with no walking involved.  
The story is told by the Honorable Kenneth C. MacKenzie, retired Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, historian, and member of the Board of Trustees of Historic Speedwell. He will share his legal insights into one of Morris County’s most notorious trials.
A Town of Towers & Spires
Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika
June 9 & July 28
Morristown is “a town of towers and spires”, home to churches with a variety of unique architectural features. Join us as we visit the First Baptist Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Church of the Assumption, The Presbyterian Church of Morristown, the Church of the Redeemer, and the United Methodist Church.  Some of the churches will be open so that the interiors can be viewed. We are celebrating the 260th anniversary of the First Baptist Church this year.

Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika is a former director of Acorn Hall, a Victorian costume interpreter and is presently at work on a Morristown postcard book for Arcadia Publishing.

Group size is limited to 25.
The Seeing Eye’s Training Ground
Jim and Ginger Kutsch                               
June 30 & July 21
North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank. You’ve noticed the statue of Morris and his dog Buddy, off the Morristown Green, maybe even toured The Seeing Eye’s campus.  During this tour you’ll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets where the dogs train, and see how Seeing Eye® dogs respond to their owners.  As we walk from their in-town training center, we’ll pass sites important to the history of the organization and visit the J. Seward Johnson’s statue of Morris and Buddy for a photo op.
Husband and wife, Jim and Ginger Kutsch, lead us on this unique tour.  Jim serves as the president and CEO of The Seeing Eye; Ginger is a volunteer with the organization. Both are graduates of The Seeing Eye. This tour sells out fast, so book early.
Group size limited to 28.  Tour begins at 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown. 
Dover: Victorian to Vaudeville                      
George Laurie July 7
The Town of Dover is nearing the 300th anniversary of its founding, a perfect time to reflect on its contributions to the growth of Morris County. The arrival of the Morris Canal in 1831 changed the nature of Dover forever. Canal workers would stop overnight and sample the entertainment choices as Dover became a mecca for vaudeville. We’ll walk a mile through downtown, visit some of the old theaters and hear about the celebrities who performed there in the pre-radio and television era.
George Laurie is the museum curator of the Dover Historical Museum House and a member of the Dover Area Historical Society. 
The tour will begin at 55 West Blackwell Street, Dover at the museum.  Group size is limited to 25. Parking is available nearby at the Prospect Street lot between Blackwell and Chestnut Streets.


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