MORRISTOWN, NJ - It is spring at Macculloch Hall. New exhibitions as well as beautiful flower gardens are ready for public enjoyment. To start, Macculloch Hall is inviting the community to National Public Gardens Day on Saturday May 11 from 10am - 1pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors can enjoy the gardens as well as family activities including a presentation from Insectropolis and fairy house building.

Macculloch Hall was built by George and Louisa Macculloch around 1810. George Macculloch was known as “The Father of the Canal” where Louisa was the first Directress of Family Services of Morris County. They are also credited for growing the first tomato recorded in the state of New Jersey.

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Five generations have occupied the house over the years. However, when the final family member, passed away, her relatives wanted Parsons Todd, a former mayor of Morristown, to acquire the house. Thankfully, Parsons Todd did buy the Macculloch house and restored and transformed it into a museum. Todd had acquired most of the contents within the house which made the transition to a museum quite easy.

Macculloch Hall is known for featuring the largest collection of work by Thomas Nast. Presently, the large exhibition on the first floor displays various artifacts of the United States Navy. Two grandsons from the Macculloch family, Jacob and Henry Miller, became members of the United States Navy. The exhibit currently displays numerous naval artifacts from Jacob and Henry Miller’s time serving in the navy.

Ryan Hyman, Curator of Collections, explained, “The exhibitions are wonderful due to the large number of artifacts owned by the museum. In addition to the exhibitions, Macculloch Hall also offers beautiful gardens that are open to the public.”

”I encourage people to come and enjoy the peaceful gardens", Hyman said.

Many people visit the gardens to read, meet friends while eating a picnic lunch or paint the surrounding scenary. Many people also visit the gardens to see the historic flowers that have brought over from Asia more than a hundred years ago.

Visit Macculloch Hall in the upcoming months. The museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Group tours are welcome by appointment, Sunday-Friday. The gardens are open FREE to the public daily from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.

 

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