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    Picatinny Arsenal, NJ Museums

    The Cooper Gristmill was built in 1826 in the mill community appropriately known as Milltown, now Chester, NJ. Dressed in period clothing, the "master miller" gives tours and historical information on the 6 ton water wheel run by 2,000 pound mill stones. The mill also offers several events throughout the year such as mill demonstrations and blacksmithing.

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is a working farm built by Paul Revere's grandon, General Joseph Warren Revere, in 1854. After being purchased by Charles Foster in 1881, it became Fosterfields Farm and still to this day operates the way it did in the 1800s, with plenty of interpretive tours and living history reenactments for visitors to see what life was like back then on the farm. Check out Victorian Day, a celebration of culture, fashion and everything Victorian!

    The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts represents some of New Jersey's (and America's) oldest trades and crafts for an enhanced cultural understanding of the area. Permanent exhibits include the industries of barrel-making, distilling, shoemaking, and blacksmithing.

    The Ralston Cider Mill is one of the last still-operating cider mills (and the only one left in NJ,) and was built in 1848. Cider was the drink of choice for many settlers in those days and the mill's workings were very innovative for its time. Tour the mill and hear about its history as well as the "bootleg" cider and applejack made in a hidden still during the Prohibition.

    Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is a restored 1911 log home that belonged to famed architect, Stickley furniture creator, and leader of the American Arts and Crafts style movement, Gustav Stickley. His home at Craftsman Farms is a testament to his architectural abilities and now stands as a museum to Stickley and his work.

    Whippany Railway Museum preserves local railroad cars, equipment, and artifacts and offers train rides to the public. Whippany was once home to the Morris County Central Railroad of 1965 and still retains many buildings, caboose, model trains, and items related to this area's history.

    The Butler Museum houses many artifacts relating to the town of Butler's history and culture. Exhibits include items from the rubber industry, Civil War items, military uniforms, and visitors will be surprised to find out how the Statue of Liberty is connected to Butler.

    The Morris County Historical Society collects the history and culture of the county in order to share its unique heritage with the community. The society is located within Acorn Hall, a Victorian Italianate style mansion from 1853, still furnished as a mid-1800s home.

    The Morristown National Historical Park is the site of General George Washington and the Continental Army's camp during one of the coldest winters on record in 1779-80. The park is made up of several historical sites in a northern area and a southern area (located 5 miles apart) including: Washington's Headquarters Museum, the Ford Mansion, and Fort Nonsense in the northern area, and the New Jersey Brigade and Cross Estate Gardens and Jockey Hollow in the southern area.

    Historic Speedwell is the site of the first successful telegraph in 1838 at the home and factory of Stephen Vail, owner of Speedwell Ironworks. Samuel F.B. Morse, along with Stephen's son Alfred, perfected the electromagnetic telegraph in the factory, earning the Speedwell residence the nickname "Birthplace of the Telegraph".

    Imagine That!!! is a children's museum in Florham Park and one of the only museums in the area with a focus on younger, preschool-age kids' learning through fun activities and events that are exciting for the whole family or classroom.