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Pathways of History Tour of Historic Places in Morris County

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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - The Pathways of History 6th Annual Tour of Historic Places in Morris County takes place this weekend Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission for the tour is free and visitors may begin the tour at any of the 23 historic sites. A detailed map and an event brochure will guide you to the next stop.
 
Following is a list of the historic sites on the tour:
 Boonton -
            Boonton Museum at the Dr. John Taylor House ( 210 Main St, Boonton 07005)
            MillerKingsland House (445 Vreeland Ave, Boonton 07005)
Boonton Twp – Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History (591 Powerville Rd, Boonton Twp 07005)
Butler Museum (New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad Station, 233 Main St, Butler 07405)
Denville - Ayres/Knuth Farm (25 Cooper Rd, Denville 07834)
                Second Union School (502 Openaki Rd, Denville 07834)
Dover - Dr. Condit House (55 West Blackwell St, Dover 07801)
Florham Park  - Little Red Schoolhouse (203 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park 07932)
Jefferson Twp  George Chamberlain House (315 Dover‐Milton Rd, Jefferson Twp 07438)
Kinnelon  L’Ecole Museum (25 Kiel Ave, Kinnelon 07405)
Lake Hopatcong  (Museum, 9 Lakeside Blvd, Hopatcong 07843 (Hopatcong State Park, Landing 07850))
Mine Hill – Bridget Smith House (124 Randolph Ave, Mine Hill 07803)
Montville Twp - 
            Henry Doremus Dutch Stone House (490 Main Rd (US 202), Towaco 07082)
            Nicholas Vreeland Out Kitchen (52 Jacksonville Rd, Towaco 07082)
Mount Olive – Mount Olive Baptist Church and Cemetery, Mount Olive Academy
                        (131 Flanders‐Drakestown Rd (corner Mt. Olive Rd), Flanders 07836)
Mount Tabor  – J. Smith Richardson History House (32 Trinity Place, Mt. Tabor 07878)
Parsippany – BowlsbyDeGelleke House (320 Baldwin Rd, Parsippany 07054)
Pequannock Twp – Museum of Pequannock Twp  (33 Evans Place, Pompton Plains 07444)
Randolph – Brundage House (630 Millbrook Ave, Randolph 07869)
                      Randolph Friends Meeting House & Cemetery (190 Quaker Church Rd, Randolph 07869)
Rockaway Twp – FordFaesch Ironmaster’s House (629 Mount Hope Rd, Rockaway Twp 07885)
Roxbury Twp – Drakesville Historic Park, Silas Riggs ‘Saltbox’ House & The King Store and King House Museums (209‐213 Main St, Ledgewood 07852)
Washington Twp - Museum (6 Fairview Ave, Long Valley 07853)
This year’s Pathways of History Tour of historic places in northern Morris County features 23 landmark sites! This self-guided tour is event for visitors of all ages to experience and enjoy.  Brochures and maps will be available at each location to guide you to your next history stop of choice. Helpful “Tours Within the Tour” have been suggested to assist in planning your route. 
 
Six years ago, five historical groups in the communities of Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Kinnelon and Montville Township created Pathways as a way to encourage the public to visit their local museums and landmarks. 
 

At many sites, you will see docents in period costume demonstrating spinning, weaving and hearth cooking; 18th century musket exhibits and drills and a Civil War encampment by the 33rdNew Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment Reenactors. Fiddle music and light refreshments are featured at some venues for your added enjoyment.  Various locations will include special activities for children.  
 
Some tour highlights include: New Jersey’s original inhabitants, the Lenape people; Morris County’s pivotal role in the American Revolution; iron mines and forges during the American Revolution and in the years following.  Exhibits document how the Morris Canal, railways, industry, mining, commerce and agriculture have shaped the Pathways communities through the years.   Join Pequannock and Roxbury Townships, two of Morris County’s original four, as they celebrate their 275th anniversaries.
 
The museum buildings themselves represent an outstanding anthology of architectural periods and styles; most are listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Venerable 18th century structures, many predating the Revolutionary War, offerGerman folk-tradition and Dutch stone examples, as well as those of Georgian and Saltbox construction. The 1758 Randolph Friends Meeting House is purported to be Morris County’s oldest hand-hewn building.
 
Designs of the 19th century are represented in buildings of varied uses and sizes including a Folk Victorian Camp Meeting Cottage; an 1890’s Colonial Revival; a diminutive two-family iron miner’s dwelling which is included on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail; four schoolhouses; two 19th century railway stations; a Morris Canal lock tender’s house; a general store; two churches and several wonderful examples of vernacular farmhouses. Old graveyards are part of several sites and are open to respectful visitation by the public.  
 
The “War Between the States” tore this country apart leaving emotional wounds that would endure for decades. Like all of history, the Civil War was about people. Every one of our Pathways communities was affected and has its own heroes and their stories to relate. In this, the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial remembrance, special commemorative exhibits will be featured at the Miller-Kingsland House in Boonton, at the Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History in Boonton Township, at the Bowlsby-DeGelleke House in Parsippany and at the Museum of Pequannock Township.
 
Detailed information about this exceptional heritage tour can be found on the website:  www.PathwaysofHistoryNJ.comNew Jersey history happened here! We welcome you to share the experience!
 
 
 

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