Revolutionary Times Weekend
The first Revolutionary Times Weekend, held in 2008, celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Morristown National Historical Park. Activities included the Rededication of the Park at Washington's Headquarters Museum and the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and fireworks at Lewis Morris Park. Sunday there was an afternoon concert on the Morristown Green.
2016 - This year marked the Centennial of the National Park Service. To honor this event, Morristown National Historical Park presented many events all year long, including piano recitals by Hungarian pianist Peter Toth, a Great Encampment with participants from surrounding states, and a birthday party with cake, all events free and open to the Public. For Revolutionary Times Weekend, organized by Morris County Tourism Bureau and sponsored in part by WANJ, there was a tour of the Whippany Burying Yard, an all-day Revolutionary War Encampment, a lawn concert perormed by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and fireworks at Central Park of Morris County. On July 4th the annual reading of the Declaration of Indpendence was held at the Morristown Green, and the Presbyterian Church gave tours of their Revoltionary-War era graveyard.
2015 - This year Revolutionary Times Weekend kicked off with a Thursday evening cocktail fundraiser at the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen at the Vail Mansion in Morristown. On a beautiful Friday, July 3rd afternoon, we welcomed the Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks to Morristown National Historical Park for a free concert on the lawn in front of Washington’s Headquarters Museum. Saturday, July Fourth saw the Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Morristown Presbyterian Church, who had welcomed us so graciously the year before. WANJ helped sponsor the events.
2014 - Revolutionary Times, scheduled to be celebrated on the Morristown Green, was moved to the Morristown Presbyterian Church due to rain. The front hall of the church was filled with numerous re-enactors. The second New Jersey Brigade camped and played colonial games on the lawn in front of the Church. One of the splendid acoustics of the old church enhanced the dynamic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Music and much more amplified the setting. In the afternoon a large crowd braved the rain to attend the rededication of Fort Nonsense, which had recently been rehabilitated, with support from WANJ, from the extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy.
2013 - Revoltionary Times moved to the 4th of July this year, and the location of the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence changed to the Green, but WANJ remained a vital part of the festivities, sponsoring the events that took place, including fireworks at Sunrise Lake in Lewis Morris Park.
2012 - Revolutionary Times events this year sponsored by WANJ included a Colonial Buffet Luncheon, held at George & Martha's American Grille in Morristown, and the Naturalization Ceremony of new American Citizens at Morristown National Historical Park. The 2nd Annual Symposium of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table was based on the theme "Ethnic Groups of the American Revolution."
2011 - Revolutionary Times Weekend events sponsored by WANJ included “Conversation & Libations” with Alexander Hamilton, as portrayed by Ian Rose, at the Morristown Club, as well as the Naturalization Ceremony of new American citizens held at the Great Hall at Morristown National Historical Park. The North Jersey American Revolution Round Table held a symposium at the Washington's Headquarters.
2010 - Revolutionary Times Weekend - This year WANJ sponsored a Breakfast with George Washington, as portrayed by Dean Malissa, at the Grasshapper Off the Green Tavern. The General then went on to address the people on the Morristown Green, and inspect the troops at the re-enactment at Jockey Hollow. The General also presided over the dedication of a new sign at Jockey Hollow commemorating the sacrifices of the Irish soldiers in the Revolutionary War.
2009 - Revolutionary Times Weekend - Along with the Naturalization Ceremony of new American citizens held at the Great Hall at Washington's Headquarters Museum, WANJ sponsored a dinner at the Morristown Club, featuring Steve Gulick as Thomas Paine.