Morristown - Historic District

Welcome to Morristown - Historic District

A rich history and a hip culinary scene in a leafy, walkable urban center
 
The leafy streets of Morristown, canopied by majestic oaks and regal elm trees, transform this New Jersey suburb into a lush oasis. Often referred to as the military capital of the American Revolution, Morristown is one of the nation’s oldest and most established cities. The first Morristown settlement dates back to 1715, and both the county and the town itself were named for governor and New York senator Lewis Morris. Morristown real estate is a lesson in elegance, with imposing Victorian mansions sharing space with impeccably restored townhouses and airy art deco gems.
 
Centrally located between Philadelphia and New York City, Morristown was instrumental to the success of George Washington and the American Revolution. Today, this prime locale sports vestiges of its rich history in the form of stunning historic architecture, monuments and memorials, museums, and an incredible array of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Morristown pampers residents with easy access to Manhattan while providing a serene respite from busy city life.
 

What to Love

  • Historic landmarks 
  • High walkability
  • Excellent schools and community events
  • Exclusive boutiques and world-class dining
  • Trendy downtown district

Local Lifestyle

When locals call Morristown walkable, they’re not exaggerating. Residents of this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood can often be found walking to one of the area’s trendy bistros before hitting up the theater or strolling to the Morristown Train Station to catch a ride into New York City.

Upscale boutiques and Morristown’s excellent schools are also within close walking distance, offering residents the ease and freedom of a small town just outside of one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The rich interior and supper club atmosphere at Roots Steakhouse set the scene for an elegant dinner. With four locations around the area, this upscale spot is a top choice for a premium steak and classic New American fare. The refined menu features standouts like wagyu dumplings with truffle ponzu, a chilled seafood platter, and the Oscar-style filet mignon. The Grand Cafe dazzles the palate with traditional French cuisine. The soft lighting and white linens perfectly accompany old-world dishes like escargot, oysters Rockefeller, and roasted chicken, while global flavors inspire standouts like the pan-seared bronzini with Thai basil beurre blanc.

Renowned chef David Burke brings his trademark artistry to 1776, an innovative fusion of fine dining and entertainment. Practice your swing with friends before indulging in the miso-glazed sea bass or filet mignon. The refined setting at Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen highlights the historic beauty of this 1917 landmark. Local ingredients infuse the artisan New American menu, and the Golden Age style evokes a lost glamour. The bistro’s Rathskeller, or ‘council’s cellar,’ has transformed into a chic wine bar and is available for private events. Locals also love sampling the cocktails at Jockey Hollow’s Vail Bar, a Roaring Twenties-style establishment that offers a range of fantastic seasonal drinks as well as classic favorites. The Oyster Bar is your destination for stellar raw bar offerings like oysters of the day and local little neck clams.

Sartorial selections are on point at Willow Street Boutique, an upscale bastion of women’s apparel, gifts, and jewelry. From denim and irreverent tees to silk dresses and sleek blazers, this Morristown favorite offers plenty of opportunities for fun fashion finds.
High quality and superior craftsmanship are hallmarks of Braunschweiger Jewelers, Morristown’s premium destination for fine jewelry and repair services. With a sterling reputation as one of New Jersey’s most trusted jewelers, this glittering spot has been ornamenting Morristown brides since the 1960s and maintains old-fashioned manners while ushering in modern design and cutting-edge technology.

Lilly Pulitzer’s cheery colors and vibrant beachwear shine at Paradise, while F Gerald New has been outfitting residents with stunning jewelry since 1941 – always carefully gift-wrapped in their iconic green box packaging. You can also patronize national chains like J. McLaughlin and Talbots for fashionable finds.

Resident gardeners stock up at Garden Cottage or Country Mile Gardens to spruce up their landscapes, and the knowledgeable staff is always ready to help with a smile and a bit of sage gardening advice. Ring in the fall season with apple picking at Wightman Farms. This family-owned farm has been providing seasonal fruit and farm-fresh fare since 1922 and delights visitors with hay rides, apple cider, and pumpkin picking.
 

Things to Do

Morristown’s rich history is woven throughout the town, and the Morristown Green (locally referred to simply as The Green) enjoys the distinction of being simultaneously historic and thoroughly modern. The site of George Washington’s winter encampments during the Revolutionary War, this pretty spot is now home to lively festivals and community events. This is the picturesque backdrop for the Fall Festival on the Green, where residents welcome the season’s vibrant autumnal colors and crisp sweater weather with live music, carnival games, local fare, and craft brews. Kids can enjoy carnival games and mini car racing, while those with a more musical bent can take in live music.

The Green celebrates the written word and brings writers and readers together at the Morristown Festival of Books. This two-day fall festival invites world-class authors from all genres to speak about their craft. The festival takes full advantage of the historic district’s charm and vibrance, with events dotting the entire area. To get into the festive spirit, locals can ring in the holiday season with Christmas on the Green. Santa comes to town and transforms Morristown into a winter wonderland of snowy scenes and magical sights. Children sip hot chocolate while they wait to meet Santa, and gasps of delight become the soundtrack of the event as ice sculptors chisel glittering art and the vintage rocking horse offers a special kind of magic.

This sense of yesteryear nostalgia is always alive at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a 1920s working farm showcasing turn-of-the-century agriculture tools, farm animals, and a stunning 19th-century Gothic mansion. Expert docents dressed in period costumes lead tours and spin yarns about the old days.

Morristown pampers the community with a host of walking tours, including a Halloween kick-off event in the town’s first graveyard. This torchlight tour of Whippany Burying Yard culminates in a party complete with costumes and refreshments. Morristown’s Gilded Age beauty and Victorian architecture are on display in their own fall walking tours, while the Seeing Eye, a Morristown-based philanthropic organization focused on development and training of guide dogs, holds a tour that illuminates how Seeing Eye dog guides are trained.

Apart from official tours, several historic buildings are open to the public throughout the year. The Wick House, a Cape Cod-style home built around 1750, is preserved in its original state and open for visitors. Famously, the farm upon which it stands provided 600 acres worth of trees for General George Washington’s Continental Army to build homes in the winter of 1779. The Wick House regularly holds a winter camp reenactment, allowing visitors to feel fully immersed in history.

Washington’s eventual headquarters (now known as Washington’s Headquarters Museum) is the main attraction at Morristown National Historic Park. A half-mile west, you can visit the Schuyler-Hamilton House Museum, which at various times housed George Washington’s doctor, John Cochran, the statesman Alexander Hamilton, and Elizabeth Schuyler, Hamilton’s bride-to-be. North of town, Historic Speedwell gained notoriety as the site where Alfred Vail and Samuel Morse first demonstrated the telegraph. You can learn about cartoonist Thomas Nast at MacCulloch Hall Historical Museum or at Nast’s old house across the street.

In Morristown, your social calendar can fill up as quickly as you like. Morristown’s weekly farmers market, held Sundays from June to November, is a community staple. Annual favorites like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Restaurant Week (March and April, respectively) bring a festive flair to the streets. Downtown buzzes with artistic energy during the Meet Me in Morristown event, an engaging celebration of artists, musicians, street performers, and local businesses.
 

Schools

Residents of Morristown enjoy access to several excellent public schools through the Morris Township School District, as well as an impressive number of prestigious private academies, including:

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Overview for Morristown - Historic District, NJ

20,003 people live in Morristown - Historic District, where the median age is 33.9 and the average individual income is $62,895. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,003

Total Population

33.9 years

Median Age

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$62,895

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Morristown - Historic District, NJ

Morristown - Historic District has 8,848 households, with an average household size of 2.2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Morristown - Historic District do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,003 people call Morristown - Historic District home. The population density is 6,875.88 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,003

Total Population

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33.9

Median Age

47.56 / 52.44%

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2.2

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$62,895

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Schools in Morristown - Historic District, NJ

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The following schools are within or nearby Morristown - Historic District. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
The Red Oaks School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Assumption Of The Bvm School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
The Peck School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Shepard High School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
3rd - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
3rd - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5

Around Morristown - Historic District, NJ

There's plenty to do around Morristown - Historic District, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
53
Bikeable
Bike Score
39
Some Transit
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Delhi Delight, Prima Tuxedo, and Ideal Strength & Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.85 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.14 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.77 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.9 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.03 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.69 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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