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

Acorn Hall

Women’s Heritage Trail

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 2, 2010
1. Acorn Hall Marker
Inscription. Acorn Hall was built in 1853 and remodeled in the Italianate Villa style in 1860; the Crane/Hone family lived here from 1857 to 1971. The house and its interiors were preserved through the efforts of the Crane/Hone women. Mary Bolles Crane, Julia Crane Corning, Alice Castleman Hone, and Mary Crane Home (pictured) were all committed to preserving the building. The latter demonstrated her commitment by donating the house and furnishings to the Morris County Historical Society in 1971.

Mary Crane Hone was active in local, state, and national politics throughout her life, particularly the World Government Movement after World War II. She was also a preservationist. When work started in 1965 on the Morristown portion of Interstate 287, Mary and her friend Elizabeth Cooke went to the construction site and sat on a steamroller to demonstrate their opposition to this highway in an area steeped in Revolutionary War history.

It’s high time for all of us interested in historic preservation to face up to the fact that the power and the purse are now in the hands of government – at whatever level – and we’ll just have to sully our dainty hands with the political approach if we seriously intend to save anything in this threatened Greater Metropolitan Area..”
- Mary Crane Hone, in
Women’s Heritage Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 2, 2010
2. Women’s Heritage Trail Marker
a 1965 letter

Acorn Hall is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail because of the lasting contributions of women in the Crane family and Hone family to historic preservation in New Jersey.

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 Department of Community Affairs - New Jersey Historic Trust.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 40° 47.807′ N, 74° 27.604′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Kary Way, on the right when traveling west on Lafayette Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Constitution Tree (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Acorn Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Site
Marker in Morristown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 2, 2010
3. Marker in Morristown
(approx. ¼ mile away); Continental Army Encampments at Morristown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morristown National Historical Park (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Washington (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington’s Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
More about this marker. A portrait of Mary Crane Hone appears at the upper right of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Acorn Hall. Morris County Historical Society website. (Submitted on October 2, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Marker at Acorn Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 2, 2010
4. Marker at Acorn Hall
Acorn Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 2, 2010
5. Acorn Hall
Today, Acorn Hall is the home of the Morris County Historical Society.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 2, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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