MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Historical Society receives a grant for restoration projects at Acorn Hall which include painting Acorn Hall's exterior as well as stabilizing and repointing the structural foundation.
The exterior of the house and carriage house will be repainted the original 1860 - 1880 paint scheme. The grant will also be used toward stabilizing and repointing the structural foundation elements on the northern elevation of Acorn Hall, under the large rear porch. A $9,300 grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust will support the project which is mainly funded by State and County grants.
“Healthy foundation elements are fundamental to overall structural integrity,” states Amy Curry, MCHS executive director. “MCHS uses Acorn Hall’s back porch regularly nearly six month of the year; it’s an integral space for warm weather events, programs, meetings and workshops.''
"Preserving our history adds to the quality of life in Morris County, and allows us to understand our great heritage,'' said Freeholder Christine Myers, the county governing board's liaison on preservation issues".
The Morris County Historical Society has been preserving and interpreting Morris County's heritage since 1971. In December, 2015, an ADA-accessible brick pathway from Acorn Hall’s driveway to the back gardens and a large brick patio at the bottom of the porch steps. This path not only allows more visitors to safely access both the property and gardens behind Acorn Hall, but also facilitates their participation in initiatives held in the rear yard.
“This space and its proper care and maintenance are extremely important to MCHS and Acorn Hall because they significantly impact how MCHS can use the porch and how guests can enjoy the property and our event offerings,” Curry said.
Acorn Hall is located at 68 Lafayette Avenue in Morristown. Visitation hours are Wednesday and Thursdays from 11am - 4pm and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members.