Nicknamed "Mo Town," Morristown is a town within, and county seat of, Morris County, NJ. The town and its parent county were named for Lewis Morris, the first governor of New Jersey. Morristown has a thriving downtown around a central square called The Green, which features a statue of George Washington, Marquis de LaFayette, and Alexander Hamilton meeting.
The town is just over 3 square miles and, according to the 2010 Census, has 18,411 residents which represent 7,841 households. There are 8,172 housing units in Morristown and 39% are owner occupied. There are several high-rise residential buildings in the downtown area near The Green offering a mix of condos and rental apartments. In the surrounding areas there is a combination of single-family and multi-family homes. Morristown is served by our Morristown/Convent Station Office, Chatham Office, Madison Office, Mendham Office, Morris Plains / Parsippany Office, and Mountain Lakes Office. … Read More
Morristown is an ideal place to commute to work from. The New Jersey Transit Morristown Line rail service to New York is available from the Morristown train station. NJ Transit also provides bus service for the town. Interstate 287, NJ 202, and NJ 124 all pass through Morristown.
The Morris School District serves both Morristown and neighboring Morris Township for Pre-K through 12th grade. Residents from Morris Plains attend Morristown High School for grades 9-12. Lafayette Learning Center Preschool provides Pre-K education, while elementary education is provided by Alfred Vail School (K-2), Hillcrest School (K-2), Woodland School (K-2), Normandy Park School (K-5 Magnet), Alexander Hamilton School (3-5), Sussex Avenue School (3-5), and Thomas Jefferson School (3-5). Frelinghuysen Middle School provides education for grades 6-8. Also serving Morristown is the Unity Charter School and several private schools.
The downtown section around The Green features a number of businesses, including retail establishments and restaurants. Major employers in Morristown include Bayer, Covanta Energy, Morristown & Erie Railway, Morristown Memorial Hospital, and the Schindler Group.
Morristown features several museums. The MacCulloch Hall Historical Museum is located in a mansion that was built in 1810 and features artwork and lush gardens. The Morris Museum contains exhibits related to art, science, and history. Washington's Headquarters Museum and Ford Mansion contain exhibits related to 18th-century life and the American Revolution.
Morristown is also home to several theaters. Residents can see live performances at the Bickford Theatre, which is located at the Morris Museum, and the Mayo Performing Arts Centre, which has over 1300 seats and was originally built in 1937 as a movie theater.
Morristown was settled in 1715 and later incorporated in 1865. The town and its parent county were named for Lewis Morris, the first governor of New Jersey. The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Morristown as one of its "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" based on its historic value.
Morristown was notable for its role in the Revolutionary War. In 1777, The Continental Army encamped near Morristown while General George Washington had his headquarters at Jacob Arnold's Tavern locate at the Morristown Green. The Continental Army's second encampment at Morristown was at nearby Jockey Hollow between December 1779 and June 1780. General Washington had his headquarters at the Ford Mansion. The winter of 1780 was very harsh and the troops fought starvation.
In 1779, the notorious Benedict Arnold was court-martialed in Morristown at the Dickerson Tavern for profiteering. He would defect to the British the following year and his name would go on to be synonymous with "traitor." He died in England 21 years later at age 60. Dickerson Tavern (also known as Norris Tavern) was heavily damaged by fire in the early 20th century and demolished.
Morristown provides a great blend of suburban living with a vibrant downtown. The variety of housing options, the downtown amenities, and easy commute to New York offer residents a great quality of life. The town's deep history provides residents an additional reason to explore where they live, for many, Morristown is the perfect place to live.