MORRISTOWN, NJ - Seven historical sites will participate in this year's Holly Walk. The three day event will offer visitors the opportunity to tour Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Historic Speedwell, The Ford Mansion, Acorn hall, The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, The Schuyler-amilton House and Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms all on one admisison ticket.
The Holly Walk brings to life Christmas from Colonial days to the present with each site featuring decorations faithful to its time period, immersing the visitor in a historical experience. The walk will take place December 6, 7, and 8.
Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall will be candle-lit on Friday evening and feature a visit from Mrs. Claus along with 19 th century costumed volunteers. To
entertain visitors, seasonal favorite songs will be played on their 1872 Chickering Grand Piano between 6-8pm. Their decorations will be historically appropriate for the 19th century and paired with about 30 of the finest (some never-before-seen) 19 th century winter garments from their men’s, women’s, and children’s collections.
The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park will be lit up with candles on Friday evening just as it would have been in 1780. On Saturday, December 7 th , they will have a Compliments of the Season concert from 1pm - 3pm in the auditorium with Pianist Peter Toth, and Robert Butts with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey performing. The program will feature seasonal favorites along with traditional pieces from their classical repertoire. On Sunday, explore the Ford Mansion and enjoy a variety of 18th century games and entertainment.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will feature decorations in every room and will have on display a very special antique dollhouse made during the Victorian era for a great- granddaughter. The large dollhouse was built to resemble Macculloch Hall especially for her and has not been on public view since the 1980s. In addition, there will be a craft related to Thomas Nast for younger Holly Walkers to delight in.
Visitors to Historic Speedwell in Morristown will see the historic Vail House decorated for a mid-19 th century Christmas. The 1849 Carriage House will host a dance space with
festive evergreen décor and replica Currier and Ives prints. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, dance instruction, live music and a games and crafts area. Have your
picture taken while seated in an historic sleigh. A special “wassailing” activity is planned.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison will be hosting a Craft and Trade Show where Holly Walk guests can watch local artisans produce unique products and
gifts for the holiday season. Christmas decorations will reflect early 20 th century style and refreshments will be available.
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains will be decorated for a 1910s Christmas. Guest artisans will demonstrate beadwork and candle making. Visitors can also tour their current exhibit “The American Arts & Crafts Chair: A Message of Honesty and Joy”.
The Schuyler-Hamilton House in Morristown will feature decorations of the Colonial period and have costumed re-enactors who will bring to life a number of "moments"
associated with the two winter encampments at Morristown during the Revolutionary War. Among these will be the activities of the busy medical doctors and scenes from the courtship of Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Schuyler who met in Morristown during one of those winters.
Holly Walk advanced tickets are $30.00 per person until December 5, and may be purchased online through morristourism.org or Eventbrite.com, or from the Morris
County Tourism Bureau, 6 Court Street, Morristown. For more information call: 973-631-5151. The prices are $35 after December 5.