This holiday season, take a nostalgic look back at how Christmas was celebrated through the centuries by visiting Acorn Hall, headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society.
From Sun., Nov. 27 through Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, enjoy sparkling trees, garlands, and wreaths throughout the mansion complemented by dresses, toys, photos, and historic newspapers featured in the current exhibit “Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008.” This year’s decorating highlights include a lavish “Lincoln Christmas” display in the Dining Room featuring Acorn Hall’s “famous” upside-down Christmas tree, a 1920s celebration in the Front Parlor, and recollections of the WWII era in the Library.
A spotlight will be placed on an Epstein’s Department Store display in the Music Room, featuring Christmas store-front window items and memorabilia certain to bring back memories of the Morristown landmark.
The seasonal decorations are set to be on view Wed. and Thurs. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. The regular admission to tour Acorn Hall and the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. For more information, contact the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or MCHSAcornHall@gmail.com.
On Sun. and Sat., Dec. 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is scheduled to be among five local historic sites participating in Holly Walk 2016. Enjoy the sounds of holiday music played on Acorn Hall’s 1870 Chickering grand piano during the event.
To purchase Holly Walk 2016 tickets, and for event information, visit www.morristourism.org, or call the Morris County Tourism Bureau at 973-631-5151.