MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members are invited to “Discover Morris County” through the summer walking tour and lecture series The Morris County Tourism Bureau invites everyone to experience the rich history that Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide. Summer programs will be held over nine successive Saturday mornings during June, July and August. Programs as well as starting times and places vary, with tours lasting between 60 and 90 minutes.
The scheduled tours for the summer are:
Discover Morristown’s People and Places Walking Tour (Saturdays: June 16 and July 7 at 11:00am)
Take a leisurely walking tour through Morristown with author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika, former director of the Morris County Historical Society. Her postcard book on Morristown will come alive as she points out architecturally important buildings that sit within the Historic District, and hear the stories of past and prominent Morristonians.
Discover The Seeing Eye Walking Tour (Saturday, June 23 at 9:30am)
North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye© of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank. During this tour, you’ll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets of Morristown where the dogs train, and watch how the dogs interact with their owners. The tour will be led by the Seeing Eye’s director, Jim Kutsch, his wife Ginger, and their Seeing Eye dogs.
Discover Victorian Morristown Walking Tour (Saturdays: June 30, July 14, August 4 at 11:00am)
Learn about one of the grandest periods in Morristown's 300-year plus history- Victorian Morristown. Your guide will be Karen Ann Kurlander, a local expert in the period. Walk through Morristown, visiting commercial and residential buildings in the Historic District that date from 1850-1910. Karen Ann will also enlighten you on the social customs of the day, and explain how the houses known as "painted ladies" came to Morristown.
Discover Colonial Morristown Walking Tour (Saturdays: July 21 and August 11 at 10:00am)
This unique walking tour will cover a mile through Morristown visiting sites associated with General George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Lafayette’s stays here in 1777 and 1779-80. Your guide will be Patricia Sanftner, an expert on Colonial life in Morristown and on Alexander and Betsy Schuyler.
Discover American Presidents and First Ladies Annual Curator’s Talk (Saturday, July 28 at 10 am)
Visit Morristown National Historical Park for this special lecture/show & tell program to be given by Dr. Jude Pfister, Chief of Cultural Resources. While the park displays and interprets the events of two winter encampments by the Continental Army, its archives span the years 15,000 B.C. to the 20th century and include 500,000 objects, many of which have never, and never will be, on display to the public. This year’s program will highlight items in the collection that directly relate to American Presidents and First Ladies.
Tickets are $15.00 per person. Pre-regististration and pre-pay online at Eventbrite.com or morristourism.org/tours. Call the office at 973-631-5151 for more information.
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