Sunday, August 1, 2010


Historic Speedwell, "the home of the telegraph," is a historic re-enactment in Morristown of life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution and dawn of a new era in communications. This 7.5-acre National Historic Landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works from the early to mid-1800's. Experience life during the mid 19th century through guided tours, special events, programs, and exhibits.

The village has a host of interesting activities for kids planned for August.

Travels in Time Presents: History's Mysteries
August 3, 4, 5, 6 , 17, 18, 19 & 20
9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Ages 7 - 10
This summer, history detectives have the opportunity to investigate historic mysteries. Campers use primary documents and artifacts, archaeology, and other investigative techniques to solve a mystery. Through various hands-on activities and crafts, the junior gumshoes compile evidence to present a case against who they believe is the guilty party at a mock trial.
Location: Historic Speedwell (also at Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill), 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown (just north of the Green on Route 202)
Cost: $85 per child
Preregistration required. Call 973.285.6550.

The Outrageous, The Absurd, and the Impossible: Puppet Making Workshop
Saturday, August 7, 2010
1–3 PM
Ages 7 & Up
Tell the story of Historic Speedwell using puppets! Artists are invited to come and create a puppet of a historical figure. Work on a script for the characters and put on a short show.
Location: Historic Speedwell
Cost: Admission to the village
Preregistration required. Please call 973.285.6550.

Home School Day: Author! Author! Creative Writing in the Museum Setting
Thursday, August 12, 2010
1–3 PM
Museum artifacts can inspire artists of all kinds, including writers. During this creative writing workshop, students view different artifacts and exhibits, and learn about writing.
Location: Historic Speedwell
Cost: $5
Preregistration required. Please call 973.285.6550.

Art in the Making: Oil Painting
Sunday, August 15, 2010
1–4 PM
Ages 16 & Up
Enjoy an art historian’s tour of the Vail Home and its collection. Afterwards participate in a beginner’s oil painting workshop.
Location: Historic Speedwell
Cost: $10
Preregistration required. Please call 973.285.6550.

Historic Speedwell's 2nd Annual Fashion Show: "Mrs. Vail’s Closet"
Saturday, August 28, 2010

To be a wife of Stephen Vail took style, grace and ingenuity. Enjoy a 19th century fashion show featuring reproduction wardrobes representing the three wives of Stephen Vail—Bethiah, Mary, and Phebe.
Time: 11:30 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM
Location: Historic Speedwell