If you were in Morris Plains on April 26, 1997, you might
have noticed groups of men, women, and children walking along
the highways and byways, reading from a yellow and blue booklet.
It was the day of the first-ever Morris Plains Historical
Walk. The weather was perfect, and well over 200 people took
part in the event.
Bretton Woods, the former Canfield-Ferris-Laudig mansion,
was the starting point for the walk. Manager Earl Freeman
was the co-sponsor of the event, and he provided tours of
Bretton Woods and a lovely breakfast spread to fortify the
Greeting the walkers at Bretton Woods were Morris Plains Museum
members in historical dress. A welcome message was delivered
by Mayor Frank Druetzler. There was beautiful music both inside
the mansion and outside on the lawn thanks to various Morris
Plains Borough School groups.
attractions at Bretton Woods included a mannequin dressed
in museum member Helen Hildebrant Schnack's mother's turn-of-the-century
The Historical Walk was a self-guided tour. Walkers followed
maps in the Morris Plains Historical Walk Booklet written
by Virginia Vogt. Museum members George and Kay Rockefeller
and their son Doug, made possible the reproduction and binding
of the booklets at no cost to the museum. The walk booklet
is currently for sale in the museum for $5.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the day a success!