Home Garden Club at Acorn Hall
Acorn Hall 1973
Acorn Hall, a 150-year-old Victorian home in Morristown, is the meeting place of the Morris County Historical Society. Mary Crane Hone presented her ancestral home, Acorn Hall, with 5.8 acres of land, to the Society in 1971, the 25th anniversary of the Historical Society. Under the chairmanship of Mrs. Harold Scaff, then President of the Club, members began a continuing project to re-establish the long-neglected Victorian garden. The garden was first designed in 1971 by Alice Kollar. In 1996 a new herb garden was designed by a current Club member and landscape designer, Ruth Palace. Funding for much of the work was provided by a grant from Shell Oil Co. Under the direction of Nancy Soward, the gardens are maintained by Club members.
Sue Acheson writes, "The Home Garden Club of Morristown has been involved with planning and maintaining the gardens at Acorn Hall for a number of years. Imagine my surprise when my husband found a group of slides we took during a visit there in the spring of 1973. Obviously things look much different there today, in no small part due to our garden club's efforts over the past 40 years."
For more information, Acorn Hall's own website is well worth visiting, too: http://morriscountyhistory.org/