Historical wedding dress exhibit at Acorn Hall


MORRISTOWN  — “Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride,” 30 wedding gowns from the Morris County Historical Society’s extensive collections, will close on Sunday, October 23.

The exhibit, which opened on Mother’s Day, highlights the evolution of fashion through the single most important dress worn during a woman’s lifetime, organizers said. An afternoon tea buffet was served on Acorn Hall’s historic back porch.

“We have dresses in every room,” said Morris County Historical Society Director Amy Curry. “It’s a rich history.”

“Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride” offers an opportunity to experience the joy, magic, and elegance of 30 different wedding days and a visual timeline of bridal dresses from Mary Johnson Condit’s 1840 silk gauze A-line gown to Alice Woodridge’s 1954 lace tea-length dress. Join a bride and groom as they arrive at their reception in the dining room, a bride and her mother on the special day, and a busy bride creating her gown on an 1852 Florence sewing machine, organizers said. Bridal accessories, including shoes, gloves, veils, headpieces, photos, invitations, newspaper clippings, diary entries, and even a cake-topper, will complete the display. The exhibit is on view from through Sunday, October 23.

Admission costs $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $5.00 for students, and free for children under age 12 and society members.

Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown.

For more information, call the historical society at (973) 267-3465.