Morris Holly Walk 2019: Tour Seven Historic Sites Decorated for Christmas
The 2019 Holly Walk, a long-standing and beloved Morris County tradition, offers visitors the opportunity to visit seven local historic sites decorated for the Christmas holidays with one admission ticket. The event has been extended to three days, the Morris County Tourism and its partners are pleased to announce.
Holly Walk 2019 will provide an historical overview of the celebration of Christmas from Colonial days to the present with each site featuring decorations authentic to its building’s time period. Ticket holders will be able to visit the sites during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 8. Days and times of operation vary according to location. Schedules and maps will be given out with each ticket purchase.
- The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
- The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park
- Historic Speedwell
- Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
- The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
- The Schuyler-Hamilton House
- The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Each site will offer something special for visitors in addition to being decorated authentically to its time period.
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains will be decorated for a 1910s Christmas. Guest artisans will demonstrate beadwork and candle making. Visitors can tour their current exhibit “The American Arts & Crafts Chair: A Message of Honesty and Joy”.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison will be hosting a Craft and Trade Show where Holly Walk guests can watch local artisans produce unique products and gifts for the holiday season. Refreshments will be served. Christmas decorations will reflect early 20th century style.
Visitors to Historic Speedwell in Morristown will see the historic Vail House decorated for a mid-19th century Christmas. The 1849 Carriage House will host a dance space with festive evergreen décor and replica Currier and Ives prints. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, dance instruction, live music and a games and crafts area. Have your picture taken while seated in an historic sleigh. A special “wassailing” activity is planned.
The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park and the Schuyler-Hamilton House will feature decorations of the Colonial period, while Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will present early and mid 19th century décor. Acorn Hall will feature Victorian decorations of the mid to late 19th century.
All the gift shops will be brimming with unique merchandise, some handcrafted and locally sourced, all reasonably priced, so bring your holiday gift lists, and support the preservation of local Morris County historic sites.
Tickets purchased through Dec. 5 are $30 per person until December 5, and may be purchased online through morristourism.org or Eventbrite.com, or from the Morris County Tourism Bureau, 6 Court Street, Morristown. For more information call: 973-631-5151. Ticket prices are $35 when purchased on December 6, 7, 8.
Holly Walk is generously underwritten by Normandy Partners, NJM Insurance Group, Jeanne and Joe Goryeb, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, the Washington Association of New Jersey and media partner NJ.COM. The MCTB receives funding through a grant from the NJ Dept. of State, Division of Travel & Tourism and an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
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.