First Annual Whippany River History Hike/Walk
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC), in collaboration with the Morris County Historical Society (MCHS), is sponsoring the 1st Annual Whippany River History Hike at Acorn Hall on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Registration for this free public event will take place from 12:30 - 1:00 pm at Acorn Hall, 68 Lafayette Avenue (GPS), Morristown, with the hike starting, rain or shine, at 1:00 pm. The hike will highlight and bring awareness to the cultural and natural history of this significant and treasured local waterway.
The two-hour, family-friendly interpretive hike will follow Patriots’ Path for 2 miles, from Acorn Hall to Frelinghuysen Arboretum and back again. Presentations, given along the hike, will highlight four distinct cultural and natural features of this section of the Whippany River Watershed: The MCHS’s recovery of a culturally-significant woodlot behind Acorn Hall lost during Superstorm Sandy; the archaeological remains of a Revolutionary Era Powder Mill along the river; the history of the Whippany River, and the land-use of George Griswold Frelinghuysen’s “Whippany Farm,” better known today as The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a facility of the Morris County Park Commission. Light refreshments will be served, and the WRWAC’s documentary film, “A River’s Journey,” will be shown. After the hike, participants are welcome to view Acorn Hall and the MCHS’s exhibit Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride with admission to the museum. For more information, please contact the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465, or the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee at 973-290-9338.
The WRWAC’s mission is to preserve, protect, and maintain the land and water resources of the Whippany River Watershed and sponsors outreach programs, educational, and social events to educate and inform the public and private sectors about the significance of the river and the land around it. The MCHS, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501 ( c )3 organization whose mission is to discover, preserve, promote, and interpret the history of Morris County and New Jersey through events, programs, exhibits, publications, and preservation advocacy. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, is an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 - 4:00 pm). Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.