Welcome to Morristown
A blend of historic vibrancy and modern-day living
Centered around its namesake Historic Green
, Morristown is a vibrant and diverse town brimming with amenities and cultural facilities, including MPAC-the Mayo Performing Arts Center
. The town is known as a hub for history and culture, drawing locals and tourists alike.
Morristown has a rich history dating back to 1777 when George Washington used it as his headquarters during the Revolutionary War. For this and other reasons, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Morristown one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.”
Years later, many wealthy New Yorkers built summer homes and permanent mansions in Morristown. Notable former residents include Alexander Hamilton, who courted and wed Betsy Schuyler at a residence now known as the Schuyler-Hamilton House
, which is listed on both the New Jersey and National Registry of Historic Places. Samuel F. B. Morse and Alfred Vail built the first telegraph at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown in 1838.
What to Love
- Walkable downtown with an array of shops and restaurants
- Historic attractions and arts and cultural venues
- Family-friendly community events
Morristown residents enjoy the friendly, small-town vibe that’s palpable throughout the town. The walkable downtown area features a vibrant mix of residences, fine dining, fitness studios, entertainment venues, nightlife, and boutiques, as well as daily essentials such as grocery stores, libraries, gyms, and schools. Many condos and apartments located downtown are situated above historic storefronts.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Morristown is home to hundreds of boutiques, upscale retailers, and fine dining destinations located along South Street—just a stone’s throw from Morristown Square. Peruse a variety of unique gifts at 23 South. This luxury boutique features accessories, fashion jewelry, and sweets. Other notable shops include Athleta, Braunschweiger Jeweler, and Alba Boutique.
Things to Do
Discover the birthplace of the telegraph and experience life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution and at the dawn of the new era of communications at Historic Speedwell. This National Historic Landmark museum offers hands-on opportunities to capture the flavor of life during the early to the mid-19th century.
Head to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm to experience farm living as it was done over 100 years ago. Visitors can see farm animals, witness the farmer plowing or planting the fields using antique machinery, and help perform daily tasks, such as collecting eggs and grinding corn to feed the chickens. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum offers a serene place to relax, learn, and explore. It surrounds a Colonial Revival mansion, woodlands, meadows, gardens, and distinctive collections of trees and shrubs.
Residents enjoy filling their calendars with the endless array of annual community events, such as the Mayor’s Jazz and Blues Festival, the Festival on the Green, and the winter holiday festivities between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ring in the new year with a celebration of arts and culture at Morristown’s First Night.
Morristown’s farmers’ market is open June through November and features local produce and specialty vendors offering flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, cheese, honey, microgreens, meats, spirits, bread, and more.
Students in Morristown are served by the Morris School District. Educational opportunities include:
Morristown High School, 9-12
Frelinghuysen Middle School, 6-8
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, 3-5
Normandy Park Elementary School, K-5