Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall

Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall The MCHS is dedicated to discovering, preserving, communicating and promoting the history of Morris County through exhibits, programs, and publications.
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The mission of the Morris County Historical Society, as the representative of a county with an exciting and unique place in the history of the United States, is to discover, preserve, communicate and promote the history of Morris County through exhibits, programs, and publications. The Society is headquartered at Acorn Hall, an 1853 Victorian Italianate mansion located in Morristown, NJ. The Society operates Acorn Hall as a historic house museum, produces exhibitions on local history in the Galleries at Acorn Hall, and provides public programming on Morris County history. The Morris County Board of Trustees is actively involved in developing the programs to support those who are interested in Morris County history.

Mission: The mission of Morris County Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County, NJ.

Operating as usual

Join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:00am for a quarter mile hike to Jacob Ford's Gunpowder Mill on the Whippany and...
09/21/2020

Join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:00am for a quarter mile hike to Jacob Ford's Gunpowder Mill on the Whippany and learn about the new discoveries made during the latest archeological dig! No registration required. $6 adults, $5 seniors. Call 973-267-3465

Join us for our first fall "Yoga For EveryBody" class on Wednesday, September 23 at 1 pm! $10/drop-in class and $35/all ...
09/17/2020

Join us for our first fall "Yoga For EveryBody" class on Wednesday, September 23 at 1 pm! $10/drop-in class and $35/all four classes (9/23, 9/30 and 10/7, 10/14). All proceeds benefit Acorn Hall's gardens and grounds. Reservations encouraged; call 973-267-3465.

Calling all photographers! Grab your cameras! MCHS announces Historic Morris County, a juried photo contest, to celebrat...
09/16/2020

Calling all photographers! Grab your cameras! MCHS announces Historic Morris County, a juried photo contest, to celebrate the rich and diverse history of Morris County. The contest will be open for submissions from October 1, 2020 to April 16, 2021. https://morriscountyhistory.org/programs-events/photo-contest/

On Wednesday, September 16 at 11:00am, join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry for Carriage House, Under Construction, a ...
09/14/2020

On Wednesday, September 16 at 11:00am, join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry for Carriage House, Under Construction, a behind-the-scenes tour of phase 1 carriage house restoration currently in process.

Last chance to see Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork and the 8 historic sewing machines of all shape...
09/08/2020

Last chance to see Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork and the 8 historic sewing machines of all shapes and sizes on display! Spanning from 1871 to 1925, they represent 6 of the over 200 US sewing machine companies that existed during the 19th century. Their various takes on cutting-edge technology was notably marketed to women. The exhibit closes Sunday, September 13.

In observance of Labor Day, Acorn Hall will be closed Sunday, September 6 but our gardens and grounds like usual will be...
09/04/2020

In observance of Labor Day, Acorn Hall will be closed Sunday, September 6 but our gardens and grounds like usual will be open dawn to dusk.

Join us September 9 at 11:00am for Of Milkweed and Monarchs to explore how MCHS is taking steps to attract Eastern Monar...
09/03/2020

Join us September 9 at 11:00am for Of Milkweed and Monarchs to explore how MCHS is taking steps to attract Eastern Monarch butterflies to Acorn Hall's historic woodlot. Wear sturdy socks and shoes! No registration required. Call 973-267-3465

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally signed surrender documents to officially end WWII. Succasunna native, Capt. Mildred...
09/02/2020

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally signed surrender documents to officially end WWII. Succasunna native, Capt. Mildred "Ozzie" Osmun served as a Flight Nurse in Saipan, c. 1945. After the war, she continued to serve in hospitals worldwide.

The advent of the sewing machine created a need for a new thread able to withstand the rigors of machine sewing. Clark T...
09/01/2020

The advent of the sewing machine created a need for a new thread able to withstand the rigors of machine sewing. Clark Thread Company, originally of Scotland, created "Our New Thread" (O.N.T) with six-cords that could hold together. The company later had a mill in Newark and merged with J&P Coats to form Coats and Clark. Come see threads, machines, and original advertisements currently on exhibit.

Join us Wednesday, September 2 at 11:00am for Different Twists, Common Thread: Demonstrating 50 Years of American Ingenu...
08/31/2020

Join us Wednesday, September 2 at 11:00am for Different Twists, Common Thread: Demonstrating 50 Years of American Ingenuity, an outdoor program on the 19th and 20th century sewing machines currently on exhibit. No reservations required. Call 973-267-3465

On Monday, August 31 at 11:00am, join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry for Carriage House, Under Construction, a behind...
08/27/2020

On Monday, August 31 at 11:00am, join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry for Carriage House, Under Construction, a behind-the-scenes tour of phase 1 carriage house restoration currently in process.

Join us this Wednesday, August 26, at 10:00 am for Let's Go Crazy (Quilts) and learn how these bright and wild quilts li...
08/24/2020

Join us this Wednesday, August 26, at 10:00 am for Let's Go Crazy (Quilts) and learn how these bright and wild quilts live up to their name! No registration required, for ages 7-12. $3 per child, free for accompanying adults. Call 973-267-3465

Join MCHS President and 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta Friday, August 21 at 9:30 for the last yoga cla...
08/19/2020

Join MCHS President and 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta Friday, August 21 at 9:30 for the last yoga class of the summer! By popular demand, classes will return Wednesday, September 23-October 14 at 1:00pm. Drop-in classes $10, 4 classes $35. Reservations encouraged. Call 973-267-3465

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified granting women in the U.S. the right to vote. Alison Turnbull Hopkin...
08/18/2020

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified granting women in the U.S. the right to vote. Alison Turnbull Hopkins was a Morristown, NJ native and leader of the Morris County chapter of the National Women's Party. As a Silent Sentinel, she advocated for Women's Suffrage and picketed the White House in 1917.

Join us Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00am for By Hand or By Horse to learn how people got the job done before cars and pow...
08/17/2020

Join us Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00am for By Hand or By Horse to learn how people got the job done before cars and power tools! No registration required. For ages 7-12, $3 per child, free for accompanying adults.

We're participating! Join @njwomenvote100 in their Suffrage Solo #SlowRoll campaign to mark the 100 years of women getti...
08/14/2020

We're participating! Join @njwomenvote100 in their Suffrage Solo #SlowRoll campaign to mark the 100 years of women getting the right to vote! New Jerseyans of all ages are invited to take part in this socially distanced scavenger hunt along the NJ Women's Heritage Trail. For info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suffrage-slow-roll-tickets-99402946890

Join us August 17 at 11:00am for Of Milkweed and Monarchs to explore how MCHS is taking steps to attract Eastern Monarch...
08/13/2020

Join us August 17 at 11:00am for Of Milkweed and Monarchs to explore how MCHS is taking steps to attract Eastern Monarch butterflies to Acorn Hall's historic gardens. Wear sturdy shoes! No registration required. $6 per adult, $5 seniors. Call 973-267-3465.

Did you know pinking shears were invented by a woman? They were patented on January 3, 1893 by Louise Austin of Whatcom,...
08/11/2020

Did you know pinking shears were invented by a woman? They were patented on January 3, 1893 by Louise Austin of Whatcom, WA. A copy of her patent and antique shears are on display as a part of our current exhibit Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork.

Join us for Acorn Hall's Awesome Architecture this Wednesday, August 12 at 10 am! We'll walk around the outside of Acorn...
08/10/2020

Join us for Acorn Hall's Awesome Architecture this Wednesday, August 12 at 10 am! We'll walk around the outside of Acorn Hall to see its special features. For ages 7-12, $3 per child, accompanying adults free. For info: 973-267-3465.

Join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry on Monday, August 10 at 11:00am for a quarter mile hike to Jacob Ford's Gunpowder...
08/07/2020

Join MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry on Monday, August 10 at 11:00am for a quarter mile hike to Jacob Ford's Gunpowder Mill on the Whippany and learn about the new discoveries made during the latest archeological dig! No registration required. $6 adults, $5 seniors. Call 973-267-3465

After some storm clean-up, MCHS is ready for our outdoor programs! Join us for Yoga For EveryBody at 9:30 am on Fridays ...
08/06/2020

After some storm clean-up, MCHS is ready for our outdoor programs! Join us for Yoga For EveryBody at 9:30 am on Fridays in August. All proceeds to benefit Acorn Hall's gardens and grounds. Call to register: 973-267-3465.

This lovely walking suit and wedding dress were made by noted Morristown dressmaker Kate Dempsey who, like 40% of Morris...
08/04/2020

This lovely walking suit and wedding dress were made by noted Morristown dressmaker Kate Dempsey who, like 40% of Morristown's dressmakers in 1910, was second-generation Irish. Inside her creations she included the label "Mrs. R.F. Dempsey, 11 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ", making her dresses some of the earliest labeled garments in MCHS's collection. Both dresses are on display as a part of our current exhibit Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork.

Let the historical games begin! Join us Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00am for Jacob's, Jacks & Graces, Oh My! No registrati...
08/03/2020

Let the historical games begin! Join us Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00am for Jacob's, Jacks & Graces, Oh My! No registration required. For ages 7-12, $3 per child, accompanying adults free. Call 973-267-3465

Join us Monday, August 3 at 11:00 for Flock Together: Acorn Hall's Backyard Nest Boxes for a short walk into the meadow ...
07/30/2020

Join us Monday, August 3 at 11:00 for Flock Together: Acorn Hall's Backyard Nest Boxes for a short walk into the meadow to learn about our nest boxes that help support tree cavity nesters. Wear sturdy shoes! No registration required. $6 per adult, $5 seniors. Call 973-267-3465

Namaste in nature in our historic garden with 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta during Yoga for Every Bod...
07/29/2020

Namaste in nature in our historic garden with 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta during Yoga for Every Body, a 60 minute class every Friday at 9:30 this July and August. Drop-in classes $10, 4 classes $35. Reservations encouraged. Call 973-267-3465
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Join us Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00am for By Hand or By Horse to learn how people got the job done before cars and power...
07/27/2020

Join us Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00am for By Hand or By Horse to learn how people got the job done before cars and power tools! No registration required. For ages 7-12, $3 per child, free for accompanying adults.

MCHS's new exhibit "Cut From Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork, 1865-1925" features the late 19th-century inv...
07/25/2020

MCHS's new exhibit "Cut From Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork, 1865-1925" features the late 19th-century inventor and entrepreneur Ellen Louise "Madame" Demorest. Mme. Demorest developed inexpensive paper patterns based on fashions from Paris, making the latest trends more accessible to middle-class women. With her husband William Jennings Demorest, Mme. Demorest ran an empire selling patterns, monthly magazines that promoted women's rights and suffrage alongside fashion articles, and also, the Demorest sewing machine and other products. The company employed more than 1,500 sales agents, mostly women. Guided tours of Acorn Hall and the exhibit are available Sundays from 1-4 pm, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 am - 4 pm. For more information, call 973-267-3465.

Namaste in nature in our historic garden with 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta during Yoga for Every Bod...
07/22/2020

Namaste in nature in our historic garden with 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta during Yoga for Every Body, a 60 minute class every Friday at 9:30 this July and August. Drop-in classes $10, 1 month of classes $35, 2 months $60. Reservations encouraged. Call 973-267-3465

#socialdistancing #yoga #community #morriscountynj #nj

Last chance to sign up for Nest Box Neighbors in Our Backyard, a joint program with Glassworks Studio! Discover what NJ ...
07/20/2020

Last chance to sign up for Nest Box Neighbors in Our Backyard, a joint program with Glassworks Studio! Discover what NJ birds are using our bird boxes and make a fused glass suncatcher. Registration required, for ages 7-12. $20 per child. Call 973-267-3465

Join us Monday, July 20th at 11:00 for Singer and the Sewing Machine Wars, an outdoor presentation on the tumultuous fir...
07/17/2020

Join us Monday, July 20th at 11:00 for Singer and the Sewing Machine Wars, an outdoor presentation on the tumultuous first years of the practical sewing machine and the colorful life of Isaac Singer, the man who became synonymous with it. No registration required. $6 per adult, $5 seniors

Join us Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00am for Nest Box Neighbors in Our Backyard in conjunction with Glassworks Studio! Disc...
07/16/2020

Join us Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00am for Nest Box Neighbors in Our Backyard in conjunction with Glassworks Studio! Discover what NJ birds use our nest boxes and make a fused glass suncatcher. $20 per child, registration required: call 973-267-3465

Namaste in nature in our historic garden with 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta during Yoga for Every Bod...
07/15/2020

Namaste in nature in our historic garden with 20-year Hatha yoga instructor Kathleen Margiotta during Yoga for Every Body, a 60 minute class every Friday at 9:30 this July and August. Drop-in classes $10, 1 month of classes $35, 2 months $60. Reservations encouraged. Call 973-267-3465

After developing what is generally credited as the first practical sewing machine, Elias Howe vigorously defended his pa...
07/14/2020

After developing what is generally credited as the first practical sewing machine, Elias Howe vigorously defended his patent. This notice in MCHS's archives was sent by Howe to Morristown merchants Prentice & Tucker in 1853 to cease sale of machines that he felt infringed on his patent. To learn more about the tumultuous first years of the sewing machine, join us for "Singer and the Sewing Machine Wars" on Monday, July 20 at 11:00 am. No registration required. $6 adults, $5 seniors

Join us this Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00 am for Let's Go Crazy (Quilts) and learn how these bright and wild quilts live...
07/13/2020

Join us this Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00 am for Let's Go Crazy (Quilts) and learn how these bright and wild quilts live up to their name! No registration required. For ages 7-12. $3 per child, free for accompanying adults. Call 973-267-3465

MCHS reopens for tours of Acorn Hall and its new exhibit "Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork, 1865-19...
07/10/2020

MCHS reopens for tours of Acorn Hall and its new exhibit "Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women's Handwork, 1865-1925" this Sunday, July 12 from 1-4pm. Tours will also be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am - 4 pm. Suggested donation: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/student, and Free for under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, please call 973-267-3465.

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68 Morris Ave
Morristown, NJ
07960

1 mile walk from the Morristown Train Station on New Jersey Transit.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(973) 267-3465

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The mission of Morris County Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County. The Society is headquartered at Acorn Hall, an 1853 Victorian Italianate mansion located in Morristown, NJ. The Society operates Acorn Hall as a historic house museum and produces several exhibitions on local history annually.

Morris County Historical Society is open for tours Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

The first in our next exhibit series, “Cut from Different Cloth: The Art of Women’s Handwork, 1865-1925” opens in 2020.

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Please enjoy & share this link to my photos of Civil War Weekend at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, Morris County, NJ.
Having trouble locating information on a Harvey Warrick/ Warwick, who last appeared on the State Census for NJ in 1905. He lived in Chester, Morris Co. He was born in 1825 in Hunterdon Co, and moved to Chester with his son, Lewis Warrick and his family. Lewis and his family moved back to Hunterdon Co, but Harvey appears to have remained in Morris Co. I am trying desperately to connect him to his potential father, John Warrick, of DE Twp Hunt. Co. Harvey was on the 1850 CR with him. Any ideas as to where I might search for a obit, or death record? I am in VA, so not able to get up to your area. I would appreciate any assistance! Thanks in advance. After this link, I have documentation of his line back to Isaac Warrick and Abigail Freeman and before.
I just purchased two tickets to Holly Day on Saturday, December 1. Acorn Hall is among the six historical sites to visit. Purchase your tickets at the following website:
Iconic Culture:From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms A Cultural Retrospective,1920-1979
It has recently come to our attention that the trellis from Jacob Van Atta's front porch was used in a gazebo that was built back in the 1970's and sits at Acorn Hall. A video of Jacob Van Atta life of known facts was created 3 years ago. Research is always an ongoing project. Here is the video... https://vimeo.com/110682001