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'No Place Like Home'
MORRISTOWN, NJ – If you call Morris County ‘home’ because you live, work, attend school, or socialize here, then you enjoy the pleasures of its many wonderful and unique gems. For over five decades, the Morris County Park Commission has dedicated resources to preserving historic buildings, treasured gardens, significant artifacts, and national heritage. The places, stories, and artifacts preserved are of significant local and national importance. Throughout the month of May, ‘No Place Like Home’ series, highlights some of the people, places, and plants that have been saved and restored in honor of National Preservation Month.

A myriad of programs offered include an array of events, tours, and exhibits, such as the Gallery Exhibit: ‘Who Loved This Place?’, a unique photography exhibit focusing on Morris County’s gardens with a special reception and lecture at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. ‘Privy to the Past’ is an outhouse archaeology program to excavate and find the treasures at Washington Valley School House. Explore the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy at the Willows at Fosterfields Living Historical Farms in Morris Township, or take a trip underground for a tour of the Vail House basement at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. Tour ‘Greystone’ once known as the New Jersey Asylum for the Insane opened in 1876 at Central Park of Morris County.

Kids can enjoy ‘Tale of the Missing Stable,’ using historical maps, measuring tapes, rope, and stakes to plot out the dimensions of the now missing horse stable at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. At ‘Recycling the Past’, kids can be involved in learning about treasures in recycling at Historic Speedwell in Morristown.

The Morris County Park Commission received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

For more information on ‘No Place Like Home’ programs, visit

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Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.