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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

Women’s Heritage Trail

 
 
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, May 7, 2011
1. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Marker
Inscription.  Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a working farm run by the Morris County Park Commission, is open to the public for self-guided tours April through October. The former owner of the farm, Caroline Foster, gave the property to the Park Commission upon her death. Miss Foster was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1877, but lived at Fosterfields for about 98 of her 102 years. Fosterfields is one of the earliest “estate farms” in Morristown and was known for its breeding of Jersey cows. The site reflects Miss Foster’s life as both a woman groomed in all the social graces of the time, and as an independent business woman. She learned the rudiments of farming from her father, Charles Foster, as well as the art of investing wisely in stocks and bonds to maintain the property. She was an expert carpenter, building a small cottage, her “Temple of Abiding Peace,” on the property in 1916. Visitors will learn that her home, The Willows, and her farm reflect the social and agricultural history of Morristown from 1880-1930. The site is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

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been a lawyer . . . but when I was growing up women had nothing.
All we could do was sit on the piano bench and sew or crochet!

- Caroline Foster

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Caroline Foster’s life is represented at Fosterfields Living Historical Farms as that of a well respected, independent woman managing the land. Because of her integral role defining Women and Domestic Life, Miss Foster is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.

The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.
 
Erected by New Jersey Historic Trust.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
 
Location. 40° 48.128′ N, 74° 30.295′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Kahdena Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is in Fosterfields Living Historical Farms, in front of the Visitor
Women’s Heritage Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, May 7, 2011
2. Women’s Heritage Trail Marker
Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fosterfields – 1854 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nutwood (about 700 feet away); Continental Army Encampment at Morristown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Park of Artillery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Horse Head Coppers (approx. half a mile away); The Seeing Eye (approx. half a mile away); Morristown Military Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thomas Paine (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker features a photograph of Caroline Foster with two Jersey calves.
 
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, May 7, 2011
3. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Marker
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, May 7, 2011
4. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
The marker is seen here in front of the Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 890 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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