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Apples to Oranges: Two Gentlemen Farmers in Morristown

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Apples to Oranges: Two Gentlemen Farmers in Morristown

July 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Get a taste of 19th-century farming in Morristown!

Begin at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to discover George Macculloch’s handwritten garden journal for his 26-acre farm at Macculloch Hall and then explore Acorn Hall’s grounds to learn about Augustus Crane’s apple orchard, gardens, and ice house. Refreshments available at both sites. Pre-registration is required: $20 per person, $15 for active members of either MHHM or MCHS (enter discount code MEMBER). Tickets are non-refundable and funds raised support both organizations. No reciprocal memberships or library memberships accepted for program. Register by July 13th, space is limited.

1:00-2:00 – Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ

  • See maps of Macculloch Hall and the surrounding neighborhood in 1853 and 1895 as you tour the historic gardens.
  • Get a peek at George Macculloch’s handwritten garden journal and excerpts from his articles in Morristown’s “Palladium of Liberty” in 1821 establishing the Morris County Agricultural Society.
  • Share recipes from Louisa Macculloch’s handwritten cookbook and explore how the food grown at MHHM was used.
  • Enjoy a creamsicle pop or orange ice pop – oranges were grown right here at MHHM!

2:30-3:30 – Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ

  • Tour Acorn Hall’s recently restored carriage house.
  • Delve into the family letters, photographs, and recipes that tell the story of how NYC native Augustus Crane became the very proud owner and “head gardener” of a 9-acre gentleman’s farm complete with orchards, gardens, cows, and chickens.
  • Sample peach ice cream, a Crane family favorite, from Scoops – The Chatham Creamery.



July 16, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm