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  • Mandatory All Employee Staff Meeting

    The Visitor Center, Wick House, Museum and the Ford Mansion will be closed Friday Sept 5 from 11:30am to 2pm for a mandatory all employee meeting. Tours of the Ford Mansion will resume at 2pm. Sorry for the inconvience. Call 973-539-2016 ext.210 for info.

Fire Regime

The forests of Morristown National Historical are not fire prone. There are no New Jersey Bureau of Forest Management records of a major forest fire in the area for the past seventy years.

Since 1950, there have been 15 fires in the park: 9 Class "A" (under .25 acres) and 6 Class "B" (.25-10 acres). Lightning caused one of the fires, while the remaining fires were either human-caused or unknown.

The park’s forests are typical Eastern Deciduous Forests that have a relatively low fuel load. Oaks dominate the park’s mature forests and are resistant to fire damage. Other dominant tree species in the park such as Beech and Red Maple are very fire-sensitive and would be eliminated by fire.

Did You Know?

boston massacre engraving

John Adams defended the British soldiers accused of murder after the Boston Massacre so well, that a Massachusetts jury found six of the eight not guilty by reason of self defense. Two were found guilty of manslaughter.