Friday, April 17, 2015

MORRIS COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU SETS WALKING TOURS IN MAY AND JUNE

clip_image002Historical Walking Tours— Spring 2015
Book Early to Reserve Your Space!

The Morris County Tourism Bureau (MCTB) welcomes you to their perennial walking tour series.  Experience the rich history Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide

WHEN: various Saturday mornings during May and June. All tours begin at 10:00 AM
WHERE:
various venues
TICKETS: $15 - $20 depending upon the program length.
Please pre-register and pre-pay online at www.morristourism.org.
For additional information call 973.631.5151.

Walking Tour Group 

The Courtship of Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton (New!)

During the Revolutionary War, a young and dashing Alexander Hamilton, General George Washington’s aide-de-camp at the Ford Mansion, spent the winter and spring in Morristown while his future wife, Betsy Schuyler, was nearby at the home of the Campfields. Hear the romantic tale of their courtship from members of the D.A.R., the conservators of the c. 1760 Schuyler-Hamilton House. This tour will only be given once this year.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9 at 10 AM
WHERE: Schuyler-Hamilton House, Five Olyphant Place, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 25.
COST: $15.00.

The Many Monuments of Morristown Tour (New!)

Morristown residents have participated in all of the wars involving America. Take a walk through Morristown with an American veteran to view the various monuments built to honor our servicemen and women. The tour begins at 6 Court Street, winds through the heart of Morristown and concludes with a picnic at the Thomas Paine statue in Burnham Park where Paine’s contributions to American independence will be discussed.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16 at 10 AM a
WHERE: 6 Court Street, Morristown. Tour size is limited to 25.
COST: $15.00.

The Seeing Eye’s Training Ground

North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank.  You’ve noticed the statue of Morris and his dog Buddy off the Morristown Green, maybe even toured The Seeing Eye’s campus.  During this tour you’ll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets where the dogs train, and see how Seeing Eye dogs respond to their owners.  The tour begins at their in-town training center, passes sites important to the history of the organization and concludes at the statue of Morris and Buddy for a photo op.

Husband and wife, Jim and Ginger Kutsch, lead this unique tour.  Jim serves as the president and CEO of The Seeing Eye; Ginger is a volunteer with the organization. Both are graduates of The Seeing Eye. This tour sells out fast, so book early. This tour will only be given once this year.

WHEN: Saturday, June 6 at 10 AM.
WHERE: Tour begins at 14 Maple Avenue, between Market and DeHart Streets, Morristown.  Tour size is limited to 30.
COST: $15.00.

The CCC and the Creation of Morristown National Historical Park (New!)

In 1933 America’s first National Historical Park was created by law, to be built at Morristown to preserve and interpret the two winter encampments here by General George Washington and the Continental Army. Young men hired by the Civilian Conservation Corps camped in town and built the park and the museum. Tour the national park with a park ranger and hear the story of how the park was created.

WHEN: Saturday, June 13 at 10 AM.
WHERE: Tour begins in the lobby of the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.
COST: $20.00 includes admission to the park for the whole day.

Trial of the 19th Century: Antoine LeBlanc

Learn all about Morristown’s most famous murder trial as you sit in the actual courtroom where Antoine LeBlanc was tried in 1833 for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant Phoebe.  The triple murder shocked the entire state and resulted in LeBlanc’s execution by hanging on the Morristown Green.  The program will be in lecture format and take place in Courtroom One, preserved to look as it did in 1833.

The story will be told by the Honorable Kenneth C. MacKenzie, retired Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, historian, and member of the Board of Trustees of Historic Speedwell.  He will share his legal insights into one of Morris County’s most notorious trials. This tour will only be given once this year.

WHEN: Saturday, June 20th at 10 AM
WHERE: Meet at 6 Court Street, Morristown.
COST: $15.00

The Spring 2015 historical walking tours from the Morris County Tourism Bureau are being graciously sponsored by Robert Lloyd Coutts and Sons, Insurors and by Century 21 Department Stores.

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.