The seat of Morris County, Morristown began as a small rural settlement centered around a common green. The small village soon earned its place in American history when George Washington chose to make Morristown the site of his headquarters twice during the Revolutionary War. Just a few decades later, history was made again when Samuel Morse made Alfred Vail his partner in developing the telegraph at Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown.
The town continued to grow as successive immigrant groups created ethnic enclaves. The Gilded Age came to Morristown, and by 1900, dozens of millionaires called the community home and brought the trappings of wealth, from lavish homes to social clubs. Today, while Morristown continues to evolve, numerous historic sites and museums document its rich past.
Highlights of Morristown:
• Readers will enjoy learning about the history of long-time Morristown institutions, from the YMCA to
Morristown Memorial Hospital.
• The chapter on Historic Sites provides an overview of Morristown’s numerous history museums.
• Learn not only about Gilded Age mansions, but the clubs and organizations that were founded by Morristown’s millionaires, some of which are still in existence.
• Morristown was the home to famous faces from the 1800s to the 1900s, to the twenty-first century, from artist Thomas Nast to author Dorothy Parker to Craig Newmark, the founder of Craig’s List.
Nadzeika began her love of history as a child during trips to Morristown National Historical Park. A lifelong resident of Morris County, she has held positions at several of Morristown’s historic sites and spent 12 years as director of the Morris County Historical Society.
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