Construction Tours

June 17 and 21, July 1 and 12 at 2:00 pm

The long-awaited and highly anticipated final phase of exterior restoration of Acorn Hall has started!

We welcome you to join Executive Director Amy Curry for a special look at all the work that brought MCHS to this point: the planning, preparation, and construction. Ms. Curry will also discuss the historic principles, rooted in the Hall’s restoration, that significantly influenced the landscape redesign and how the restoration will change the way the Hall is interpreted.

MCHS members will have the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments in the garden, talk with Ms. Curry about MCHS and the Hall, and gain insight into our next chapter of restoration for the property.

MCHS will host two tours for MCHS members, June 17 and 21, and two tours that are open to the public, July 1 and 12. Tours are free for MCHS members and $12 per person for non-members.

Reservations are required and space is limited. To make reservations, or to become an MCHS member, call (973) 267-3465, email, or purchase to the left.

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Revolutionary Times:
Hike to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Powder Mill

Wednesday, July 4 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Join Morris County Historical Society for a hike along Patriots’ Path to the archaeological site of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Powder Mill along the Whippany River. Learn about the history of the Powder Mill, the significant role it played locally during the Revolutionary War, and plans for its future.

MCHS’s history with the Powder Mill stretches to before the formal acquisitions of Acorn Hall, back to a time when the installation of 287 was looming heavy over the local area. Without knowing the exact location of the archaeological site and fearing its destruction as the roadway progressed, MCHS President Alex Fowler initiated to find and document the site.

Fred and Isabel Bartenstein dutifully researched the history of Jacob Ford Jr.’s plight for and construction of the mill with the legislature of NJ and Edward Lenik conducted the archaeological investigations that found artifacts and structural evidence of at least one building. Together, their findings were released in New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Powder Mill, available in the Gallery Gift Shop.

The free hike will follow Patriots’ Path roughly a quarter mile from Acorn Hall’s back porch. For more information on Revolutionary Times, visit

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