The Morris County Tourism Bureau and its partners are pleased to announce this year's Holly Walk, a long-standing Morris County tradition that offers visitors and residents the opportunity to visit local historic sites decorated for the holidays, with one admission ticket. This year's event will take place on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, from Noon until 5 p.m..
Participating sites will include The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park, The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens, the Schuyler-Hamilton House, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Each site will offer something special for visitors.
The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall will be decorated in Victorian fashion. Dr. Britton D. Evans, long-serving director of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (1890-1920), will be on hand to discuss his philosophy that all patients should receive a Christmas gift. Visitors can tour the current exhibit “The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876-1976.” Acorn Hall will only be open on Sunday 11am-4pm.
At the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, visitors will see the conference room ‘decorated” as though General George Washington and his staff have just finished a sumptuous holiday meal and have gone to make merry in town. Outside the Ford Mansion soldiers in period costume will stand guard. On Saturday, enjoy period entertainment (games and storytelling). On Sunday, there will be festive live music. The site is open both days.
Tt the Schuyler-Hamilton House, there will be an exhibit of historic quilts gathered from four historic houses owned and managed by the Daughters of the American Revolution throughout New Jersey. Dating from 1821 to 1976, quilts are coming from The Isaac Watson House, Buccleuch Mansion, the Van Bunschooten Homestead, and Schuyler-Hamilton’s own collection. The site is open both days.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will fully deck its halls with a tree in every room. Visitors can make an ornament on Saturday (11am-3pm) for the Drawing Room tree in memory of famous presidents celebrating Christmas at the White House. Tour the current exhibit of Thomas Nast’s famous holiday drawings including many images of Santa Claus. The site is open both days.
At the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, tour the 1911 Log House festooned in period Arts-and-Crafts style. The museum is suspending guided tours for the day so that visitors may stroll through the former Stickley family home at their own pace. Enjoy jazzy holiday tunes courtesy of the Aubrey Anne Trio. Stickley will only be open on Saturday.
At the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, this historic building will be decorated for the holidays and offer musical entertainment throughout the day. Tour their exhibit “Spark: The Explosive and Dirty History of Light” and learn how early NJ residents lit their holiday homes with lights, lamps and early electric devices. Winter artifacts from the collection will also be on view. The site is open both days.
In addition to the sites being open, their gift shops will be brimming with unique merchandise, so bring your holiday gift lists, and support local historic sites and preservation efforts.
Advance Holly Walk tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased online at morristourism.org until December 1. On the day of the event $35.00 tickets will be available for purchase at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum only. Children 12 and under are free.
The Morris County Tourism Bureau has an Alexander Hamilton-Elizabeth Schuyler Christmas ornament for sale commemorating their “Match Made in Morristown”. Ornaments are availableonline, but must be picked up in person at 6 Court Street, Morristown.
For more information – click or call the Morris County Tourism Bureau at 973-631-5151.
The Morris County Tourism Bureau is a Destination Marketing Organization that positively affects the economy of Morris County by promoting the area’s exceptional historic, cultural and recreational opportunities by providing services to residents, business travelers and tourists.
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