MORRISTOWN, NJ - Since its release in early July, Pokemon Go has made an impact in New Jersey. According to Noreen Bodman, executive director of Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, the historic sites in Morristown and around New Jersey have seen an increase in visitors visiting historic homes and parks.
"Several sites have reported an increase in the number of people visiting historic homes and parks since the game was introduced in early July", said Bodman. "People are showing up to capture Pokemon or find Pokestops and end up exploring stories of their Revolutionary neighbors and the beginning of our democracy."
"We have noticed many more people coming to town for our association with Alexander Hamilton, visiting the Schuyler-Hamilton House, the Morristown National Historical Park, the Hamilton statue on the Green and signing up for our popular Hamilton-themed tours, " stated Carol Barkin of the Morris County Tourism Bureau.
The Morristown Green is a designated "pokestop" and at most times during the day there is a crowd of a couple 50 - 100 people, noticed Kendra Arnold of Bike Walk Morristown. Additional "pokestops" around town include Tiff's Grill and Ale House and the Morristown Library,
"I think it's pretty clear that it is getting more people to historic sites in Morristown and I think it's wonderful to see so many people outside, touring the Morristown landmarks and parks and enjoying themselves," said Arnold. "We did two Bike and Walk Morristown beginner Pokemon Go walks last weekend, and we have had requests for more. So wonderful and totally getting people out."
Bike Walk Morristown will be hosting a second Pokemon go Walk next week. Watch for it on their facebook page or join their meet up.
A list of Revolutionary War-related sites hosting Pokemon Go is available on the Crossroads website at http://revolutionarynj.org/pokemon-go/ and will be updated as new sites are identified.
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