Current Exhibitions

Now Showing in Our Schoolroom Gallery

Navigating New Jersey: Maps at Macculloch Hall
February 18-June 17, 2018

Including children’s exhibit Finding Your Way

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s small but mighty map collection includes over 50 maps and atlases. The majority of these maps are of Morristown, Morris County and New Jersey although the collection also contains a few national and international maps. Navigating New Jersey focuses on the Maccullochs and their descendants featuring maps of New Jersey, Morristown, the property surrounding Macculloch Hall, and George Macculloch’s most prized technical innovation, the Morris Canal.

Early cartography, the art of making maps, was often very difficult. Many map makers were not from the places they mapped and had to rely upon reports and drawings from sea captains and navigators. William Faden (1749-1836), an English cartographer, used the drawings of explorers for his New Jersey maps made in 1777 and 1778.  Many cartographers like Faden never even visited the cities, states or countries that they mapped. The earlier maps sometimes only included the outline of the territory and a selection of images thought to best illustrate the area maps. These various depictions included types of animals that lived there, bodies of water and important buildings. As towns and states evolved in the United States, so did the maps of them.  Gradually over time roads, railroads, highways, and canals, like the Morris Canal, were added to maps among other landmarks. Some of the atlases on display trace the Morris Canal’s route.

The maps of Morris County and Morristown illustrate the county’s and town’s transformation over the years. Streets which did not exist on some of the earlier maps appear in later maps and some streets change names from one generation of maps to the next. The maps and atlases exhibited show the evolution of Morristown’s roads surrounding Macculloch Hall from the last quarter of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century making clear just how central Macculloch Hall has always been to Morristown.

 

Now Showing in Our Upstairs Gallery

A Most Remarkable Family: The Macculloch/Miller/Post Family, 1810-1950
February 11-May 6, 2018

In 1810, George Perrot Macculloch and his wife Louisa purchased 25 acres of land in rural Morristown and began construction of a large Federal-style brick home which became known as Macculloch Hall. Five generations of the Macculloch, Miller, and Post families lived there continuously until the death of George and Louisa’s great granddaughter in 1947. The “Old House” was purchased b W. Parsons Todd and became a museum in 1950.

This Macculloch/Miller/Post family included canal builders, explorers, educators, poets, musicians, architects, writers, a bank president, a mayor, U.S. Senator, Naval Commodore, and two Civil War heroes. Besides being accomplished in their own right, they had wide ranging contacts with the rich and famous. Among this group can be found Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, U.S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, Edward Everett, Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, Stanford White, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Whitneys.

Through the prism of this most remarkable family’s letters, photographs and artifacts, one may view the seminal events of the 19th and 20th centuries such as the building of the Morris Canal, Lafayette’s visit, Whigs vs. Jacksonians, the Mexican War, slavery, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, New York Draft Riots, Nicaragua canal exploration, the Gilded Age, Women Suffrage, and two World Wars.