MORRISTOWN, NJ - Decorated for the holidays, six historic sites opened their doors today for the 2018 Holly Day (previously called the Holly Walk) During the day on Saturday December 1, approximately 350 people got into the holiday spirit as they toured Macculloch Hall, Acorn Hall, Ford Mansion, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Schuyler-Hamilton House and Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Each site was decorated to reflect Christmas during that specific historical time period.
Maureen MIzzoni, resident of Morristown was present on the first Holly Walk. Mizzoni said, “I love the way the event has expanded over the years.”
Mizzoni also added that she began bringing her daughter to join her on the Holly Walk and now her daughter brings her daughters. Three generations of Mizzoni women enjoy the Holly Walk each year.
Macculloch Hall, one of the sites, was elaborately decorated for the Christmas season. Trees were decorated and holiday cheer could be felt throughout the house. In addition, Thomas Nast pictures depicted the role Santa played in his pictures. Nast popularized the image of Santa around the late middle ages. As a resident of Morristown, he often drew Santa at popular Morristown landmarks as well as including his own children
using his house as the background for many pictures. Although Nast did not create the image of Santa, he certainly played a large role in bringing the image of Santa to people in Morristown and around the world.
Leslie Bensley, an Executive Director of The Morris County Tourism Bureau, explained, “About 8 years ago, The Morris County Tourism Bureau became the engine that put the event together.”
The name for the event has changed throughout the years. In the early years when the event was called the Holly Walk, people were under the impression they could walk from site to site. However, there are considerable distances between sites which makes walking difficult, so the name changed to Holly Day. The length of the event has also varied from 1 to 2 days and then back to 1 day.
Bensley said, “We gather feedback after each year to find out how things could be improved the next year. The Morris County Bureau of Tourism’s goal is to be as professional and business like regarding their events.”
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