The gardens at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum are open Monday through Friday 9am – 4pm and Sundays 1pm – 4pm, unless posted otherwise. The gates are secured at all other times.
Group use of the gardens must be scheduled through the Museum office; please contact us at 973-538-2404 x15 regarding use of the garden as an outdoor classroom, or for groups or tours.
The gardens are available by appointment for photographers and clients taking engagement, wedding, family pictures etc. A donation is encouraged for garden upkeep. Please call (973) 538-2404 x10 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about available dates and scheduling.
Garden History: George and Louisa Macculloch once owned 26 acres of land surrounding their house, much of it used as farmland and orchards. Commodore Matthew Perry brought the wisteria planted along the rear porch arbor as a gift to Senator and Mrs. Miller circa 1857. Perry opened China and Japan to American trading in the mid-1850s.
Among the sixty-five varieties of roses, many considered “heirloom” or pre-1920s, are two bushes that have defied identification and are named “Old Macculloch Hall Roses.” It is possible that these roses survived from the earliest period of the garden’s history. Although not dated, the sundial on the upper lawn has been a part of the Macculloch Hall landscape since 1876. The very old sassafras tree at the far end of the lawn is believed to be the second largest example in New Jersey (NJDEP).
Today, the remaining two acres are a colorful and elegant garden. Returned to their former splendor by the Garden Club of Morristown in the 1950s, the plantings still enjoy the careful attention of Garden Club members on an annual cleanup day each year. Planted for seasonal bloom, daffodils and other bulbs welcome spring, followed by the magnificent wisteria, and in June, the roses perfume the air. In the Spring of 2015, the Museum installed two vegetable beds in the back of the garden which will also serve as an outdoor classroom for students. The Museum’s landscaper, Sterling Horticulture Services, donated the labor and supplies to create the beds. The tomatoes, peppers, and herbs will be donated to the Community Soup Kitchen later in the summer. George Macculloch is believed to have grown the first recorded tomatoes in New Jersey.