New Jersey is rich with history and there are some exceptional sites worth visiting in the area surrounding your apartment near Florham Park. Deciding which ones to visit is the biggest decision you’ll be faced with but, in order to help take the guesswork out of it for you, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks to make getting started easier for you.
This cemetery dates back to 1849 and is the final resting site of six generations of the Hancock family, along with 500 additional early Florham Park settlers. The cemetery was built adjacent the Hancock House and historic cider mill. Built by Reverend John Hancock in 1802, the reverend — who was also a member of the state legislature and pivotal in the introduction of Methodism in the area — grew his farm into a booming apple cider and vinegar business.
Little Red Schoolhouse
This one-room schoolhouse was built back in 1866 and has remained virtually untouched from its original appearance. Today, however, it serves as a museum; small groups can actually still attend lectures inside, where it remains set up like a 19th-century classroom. Visitors can also peruse a number of artifacts from both the 1800s and 1900s, including old desks and broom-making equipment.
Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
This Victorian-style mansion was originally built as a modest-sized home in 1863. Seven years later, however, it was renovated and expanded into the glorious structure it remains today, complete with carefully preserved furniture, artwork, and even fabrics. Today, the home is host to a plethora of cultural exhibits. An on-property gift shop is the perfect spot to pick up locally made gifts.
Morristown National Historical Park
This park consists of the sites which General Washington and the Continental Army called home during the winter of 1779–80, where they managed to survive the coldest winter ever. Two original structures still exist in the park: the Ford Mansion (which served as Washington’s headquarters and still features preserved 18th-century decor) and the Wick House (another preserved home that served as headquarters to Major General Arthur St. Clair).
Morris Plains Museum
What is now a bustling suburban town was once a sleepy one-sawmill village back in 1685. Explore the town’s three centuries of history through the museum’s collection of artifacts, newspaper microfilms, and recorded oral histories. There are even original editions of the Farmer’s Almanac, which called Morris Plains home from 1907 through 1933.
There’s still so much more to explore in the area surrounding your apartment near Florham Park, but these five spots are perfect for starting your historical exploration of the area. Happy hunting!