History, Ghosts And More Offered In Morris Tours

The Morris County Tourism Bureau will once again host fall walking tours and programs, offering an up-close look at the rich history that Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide each Saturday morning in October.

Starting times and places vary. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 per person, except on Oct. 20, when the price is $20. Those interested should pre-register and pre-pay online at Eventbrite.com or Morristourism.org/tours. Call the office at 973-631-5151 for more information. The scheduled programs are:

Discover Morristown’s People and Places Walking Tour
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. – Take a leisurely walking tour through Morristown with author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika, former director of the Morris County Historical Society. Her postcard book on Morristown will come alive as she points out architecturally important buildings that sit within the Historic District, and tells the stories of past and prominent Morristownians.

Discover Victorian Morristown Walking Tour
Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. – Learn about one of the grandest periods in Morristown’s 300-year plus history – Victorian Morristown. The guide will be Karen Ann Kurlander, a Victorian lifestyle expert. Participants will walk through Morristown, visiting commercial and residential buildings in the Historic District that date from 1850 to 1910. Kurlander will also enlighten participants on the social customs of the day, and explain how the Morristown Historic residential neighborhood, with more than 100 Victorians, came to be built.

Discover the NJ Shakespeare Theatre’s Reggie the Ghost   

Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. – This is a backstage tour at the theatre’s Support Facility in Florham Park. This unique opportunity to tour the costumes, props and scenery shops that have been customized for the Tourism Bureau for the Halloween season. There will be lots of surprises, refreshments and stories about Reggie, who haunts the theatre. Bonnie Monte, director of the company, will be on hand for a question and answer session. Touring the shoe closet is worth the price of admission!

Discover The Ford Mansion’s Ghosts  

Saturday, Oct.27 at 10 a.m. -Participants will visit the Washington Headquarters’ Museum at Morristown National Historical Park, site of the Ford Mansion, for this special multimedia program with Gordon Thomas Ward, an author, musician and ghost hunter. He has conducted numerous ghost studies of the Ford Mansion and will discuss his findings. The Revolutionary-era Ford Mansion was home to Gen. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and three generations of the Ford family. Gordon will explain the art of collecting “spirit traces,’’ and hold a question and answer session at the end.

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