MORRISTOWN, NJ - Residents are invited to "Discover Morris County" this summer during the annual summer walking tours and programs. Seven new tours have been added to the calendar, announced the Morris County Tourism Bureau.
The following tours will be available this summer:
The Freedom Walk NEW on Saturday June 8 at 11:30am (FREE)
This event celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth, the freeing of all enslaved people in the United States. Meet at Historic Speedwell where the annual Civil War Encampment will be taking place. After the reading of the Proclamation, muster and march to the historic Morristown Green where Juneteenth activities will take place during the rest of the afternoon and evening.
The Seeing Eye Walking Tour on Saturday June 15 at 9:30am
North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye© of Morris Township,
was founded 90 years ago. Learn about their history, 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, and his guide dog, Vegas.
The Morristown Churches Walking Tour NEW on Saturday June 15 and Saturday August 3 at 11:00am Visit a number of exteriors and interiors of historic churches in Morristown with guide Peg Shultz, the director of the Morris County Heritage Commission. Learn about church
architecture, history, prominent members, and their contributions to the Morristown community since 1733. Victorian Morristown Walking Tour Saturday, June 22 and Thursday, August 1, at 11:00am Learn about one of the grandest periods in Morristown's 300-year history with guide Karen Ann Kurlander, a Victorian lifestyle expert and Historic District resident. Walk through town visiting commercial and residential buildings that date from 1870-1910. Victorian social customs will be featured, and you’ll learn how 100 Victorians came to be built within a few blocks of the Morristown Green.
Gilded Age Morristown: Foote Mansion and Garden Tour NEW on Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a nationally-registered, largely intact Gilded Age mansion. Saved by adaptive re-use, the 1906 Robert Foote home was once known as Spring Brook House. This home is the largest residence ever built in Morristown. Carol Barkin of the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission will lead the tour through the mansion and the sunken Italian gardens now serving as the Loyola Jesuit Center.
Morristown People and Places Walking Tour on Saturdays: June 29 and August 10 at 11:00am
Take a leisurely walk 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 within the nationally registered Historic District, and hear the stories of past and prominent Morristownians.
George Vail’s Willow Hall NEW on Saturday, July 13 at 11:00am
Visit the nationally registered former home of U.S. Congressman George Vail, a scion of the Speedwell Ironworks founder, Judge Stephen Vail. His brother, Alfred Vail, worked with Samuel F.B. Morse to develop the telegraph. George took over the iron business, built this 1848 Gothic puddingstone mansion inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing, and then headed to Congress to represent New Jersey (1853-1857).
Jersey Girl Brewery Tour-Hackettstown NEW on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00am
Sign up for a tour of Jersey Girl Brewing Company, a craft brewery founded in 2014. Carol Barkin of the MCTB will give a brief overview of Morris County’s Colonial applejack industry. Afterwards, owner Charles Aaron will lead a tour of his brewery. This brewer was inspired by the essence of a Jersey Girl-she’s complex, deep, layered,
bitter, sweet, subtle and sophisticated.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Architecture Tour-Madison NEW on Saturday, July 20 at 11 am
A staff member of the museum will lead an interior and exterior tour of Morris County’s most magnificent building. Formerly a library built in 1899, and given to the residents
of Madison by Gilded Age millionaire D. Willis James, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Colonial Morristown Walking Tour on Saturdays: July 27 and August 10 at 10:00am
This unique walking tour will cover a mile through Morristown visiting sites associated with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Marquis de Lafayette’s stays
here in 1777 and 1779-80. Your guide will be Patricia Sanftner, a member of the local D.A.R. She is an expert on Colonial life and on the courtship of Alexander and Betsy
Schuyler who met here in 1780.
The Morris Canal at Drakesville Historic Park, Roxbury Township NEW on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00am
Visit this nationally registered Historic District located near Lock 1 East of the Morris Canal (c. 1825). You’ll visit a restored Victorian home once belonging to the King
family, and their adjacent General Store. The canal store is one of only two that have survived intact. Weigh yourself on the restored five-ton wagon scale. Optional after-
program: iced tea on the porch with Morris Canal historian Brian Morrell fielding your questions.
Tours last an hour and visitors must pre-register and pre-pay online at www.morristourism.org