Morris County Historic Sites Opening Day

The Factory, Historic Speedwell, Morristown — This is the building where Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail perfected the telegraph.

On Saturday, April 6, Historic Speedwell, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, and Cooper Gristmill will open their doors for the season!

Visit Historic Speedwell in Morristown from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., tour the brand-new, hands-on, state-of-the-art exhibit that continues the story of the electromagnetic telegraph from 1838 to present. Discover this 7.5 acre National Historic Landmark known as the ‘Birthplace of the Telegraph’ and Morristown’s special place in the Industrial Revolution. The landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works. Don’t miss a trip to the Factory’s lower floor to learn about the building’s industrial past. Enjoy activities and a specialized Vail House tour that incorporates this year’s theme, Wedding of the Century. Capture the flavor of life during the early to mid-19th century at Opening Day at Historic Speedwell.

Join in celebrating the 35th season at Cooper Gristmill located in Chester Township, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Learn the Gristmill’s history and watch as the Fitz waterwheel grinds grain seeds into flour.  The last tour of the Gristmill begins at 3:30 p.m.

Take a horse-drawn wagon ride at Fosterfields Living Historical  Farm  in Morris Township, from 10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and explore the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Fosterfields in the early 1900s. At 1:00 p.m., celebrate Caroline Foster’s 136th birthday with a slice of cake in the Farmhouse.

For additional information, or to request a Historic Sites calendar of events, please call (973) 285-6550, or visit