Morristown, New Jersey, is a town with about 18,500 citizens in Morris County. Its prominent role during the War for Independence has resulted in the community being nicknamed the "military capital of the American Revolution."
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Lenni Lenape people inhabited the area for more than five millennia. In the early 1600s, Swedish and Dutch fur traders established temporary trading posts here. The English took control of the area in 1664, and the first permanent settlers arrived in 1715. Morris County was formed in 1739.
Parks and Recreation
Morristown National Historical Park
commemorates the area where the Continental Army resided from December 1779 to June 1780. Here, they endured what would turn out to be the coldest winter on record.
offers six miles of hiking trails that offer quietude and beautiful scenery. The visitors center offers interesting, well-presented exhibits that help to take one back in time to when Gen. Washington's troops spent many months here.
Lewis Morris Park
is named after the first governor of New Jersey. The 1,154-acre facility includes many activities, including kayak racing on Sunrise Lake. Extensive picnicking, camping and hiking facilities are also offered. There's also a Parcourse Exercise Circuit and a large, modern playground.
Attractions and Activities
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
is a tranquil, 127-acre preserve that envelopes an historic mansion that is designed in the Colonial Revival style. Visitors enjoy formal gardens and numerous great photo opportunities, especially in the spring and the fall.
Perhaps the most anticipated community event each year is the Festival on the Green
. Here, residents and visitors alike converge on a fall event that offers great food and live music at what has been described as a giant block party. Clowns and games entertain the kids.
The Mayo Performing Arts Center
, in downtown Morristown, is perhaps the premier facility of its kind in northern New Jersey. The Mayo PAC hosts a wide range of events throughout the year, including theatrical, dance, and musical performances. Nationally-known acts perform in a meticulously restored, older theater. Fine acoustics, comfortable seats and an intimate feeling all contribute to the experience.
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