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For many Americans, Morristown evokes pictures of ragged troops huddled in log huts, shivering in the bitter cold of winter—but there is more to the history of the town than its important role in the Revolutionary War. By the early nineteenth century, Morristown had become a thriving community, whose growth was accelerated by such projects as the MorrisCanal and the railroad, and in 1865 it was finally incorporated. The city attracted wealthy New Yorkers who built magnificent mansions, many of which can still be seen today. In 1878, the Library and Lyceumopened, bringing art and culture to the booming town. Immigrants were also attracted to Morristown and the Association of Work Among the Italians was founded in 1898 (later renamed Neighborhood House as the ethnic population diversified further), which instructed the new immigrants in English and provided services for their children. The twentieth century saw many changes. The first trolley rumbledaround the Green in 1909, and motor cars soon appeared on the streets. Young men and women went off to two world wars to serve (and many to die for) their country. With the 1960s came urban renewal, as many old buildings were destroyed, corporations took the place of many of the large mansions, and new highways were developed. Yet, still, in the quiet back streets, and among some of the old buildings,a hint of the past can still be seen. Join Joan Williams as she takes us on a journey into that past, and brings to life Morristown as it was. It is a journey which will delight young and old, visitor and resident alike.
ISBN: 9780738550244
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Local author Joan M. Williams has dedicated her wonderful new book about Morristown to all those who have lived, worked, and played in this town from the time it was a quiet crossroads village right up to its bustling and vibrant present. She has gathered over two hundred fascinating images from Morristown's past, bringing to life people, places, and events from the 1820s to the 1960s.