Macculloch Hall Historic Museum & Gardens, Morristown

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Garden · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs.

Located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an 1810 house with period rooms, exhibit galleries and historic gardens, featuring a large collection of original artwork by 19th century caricaturist Thomas Nast. George Macculloch, a Scotsman born in Bombay, immigrated to America from London with his wife and two children in 1806. Settling in Morristown in 1810, Macculloch built a Federal-style brick mansion on a 26-acre gentleman’s farm. A businessman, scholar, and visionary, Macculloch is best known as the “father” of the Morris Canal, an international engineering marvel. Generations of the Macculloch family influenced education, economics, politics and cultural events of their day.

The “Old House,” as it was known to Macculloch’s descendants, was acquired by Morristown philanthropist W. Parsons Todd in 1949 to house his collections.

Today, the museum is renowned for its major collection of works by America’s leading 19th century political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, who lived across the avenue. Nast is known for popularizing the Republican Elephant, Democratic Donkey, and America’s image of Santa Claus.

An oasis within walking distance of the business district, the museum’s garden has many original plantings and landscape features, and displays seasonal blooms including numerous varieties of heirloom roses. The Garden Club of Morristown worked with Mr. Todd to revive the historic landscape in the 1950s, and still assists with its upkeep.

The museum’s three exhibit galleries complement ten period rooms furnished with fine English and American decorative arts. The museum offers a diverse schedule of changing exhibits, educational and public programs attended by thousands of visitors from throughout the United States.
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  • When in bustling downtown Morristown any day from 9AM to 5PM, walk over two blocks from South Street to Macculloch Avenue in Morristown's Historic District and freely stroll through Macculloch Hall's....  more »
  • We throroughly enjoyed our visit this past weekend, especially talking with the volunteer archivist who focuses on the Mcculloch/Miller/Post family. My husband's dad and his brothers where the last.....  more »
  • Wonderful experience, great art and furnishings, world-class Thomas Nast collection, very professional and knowledgeable staff
  • Very nice historical house from 1800s. They said they have gardens in the summer. Portraits, original furniture from the era, and books from the family. They have an exhibit of Thomas nash's work, he lived across the street. Nice place to visit if you enjoy history and old houses!

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