Our Community

Since 1965 the Morristown & Morris Township Library has served as a Joint Free Public Library for the municipalities of the Town of Morristown and Morris Township

Morristown, the county seat of Morris County is totally surrounded geographically by the separate municipality of Morris Township. Situated in north-central New Jersey and just 25 miles from New York City, the two communities offer a wide variety of historic, cultural, commercial, educational and recreational opportunities.

Geography

Morristown and Morris Township are in the New Jersey Highlands Region.
Elevation is 327’
Morristown: 41 lat     -74 long
Morris Township: 40 lat   -74 long

History

Morristown earned the title of “A Military Headquarters of the American Revolution” after serving as General Washington’s headquarters from 1777-1778 and is now the home of the country’s first National Historic Park. History abounds in the community where Benedict Arnold, the Marquis de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Morse and Thomas Nast all played a part. Morristown was part of Morris Township until 1865 when Morristown was separated and incorporated.

Morris Township was formed in 1740 and completely encircles the town of Morristown. It was a 19th century destination for the wealthy families of New York who built homes and estates to escape the heat and noise of the city, though taxes and the Depression took their toll in the 1930’s and most of those grand houses are gone. Some of the original residences now serve other purposes, such as the Willows (historical farm) and Delbarton (catholic high school). With access provided by I-287, Route 202, the Route 24 freeway and proximity to Morristown, the county seat, Morris Township is host to companies such as Colgate-Palmolive and Honeywell.

Now home to an ethnically and socially diverse population, Morristown and Morris Township combine to form a unique blend of urban and suburban culture and they continue to grow and change with the times.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau is a one-stop resource for information about historic sites, cultural heritage, parks and recreation, cultural venues and things to do in Morristown and Morris Township.

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center, housed in the lower level of the library, offers an in-depth collection of information about the history of the Morristown area and northern New Jersey.

Climate

Av. Temp- 54.1      Av. Annual rainfall: 43.08

Population

Morristown (2010 census) – 18,411

Morris Township (2010 census) – 22,306

Government

Morristown: Mayor and Council
Morris Township: Township

Elected Officials

U. S. Senate:
Robert Menendez
Cory Booker
U. S. House of Representatives 11th District (includes Morristown & Morris Township):
Mikie Sherrill

Governor:
Phil Murphy

New Jersey Senate District 25   (includes Morristown & Morris Township):
Anthony R. Bucco

New Jersey State Assembly District 25 (includes Morristown & Morris Township):
Michael P. Carroll
Anthony M. Bucco

Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Morris School District Board of Education

Morristown: Mayor and Council

Morris Township: Township Committee

Local Media

Star Ledger (covers northern NJ)
Daily Record (covers Morris County)
Morris Newsbee (weekly from Recorder Newspapers covers Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains)
MorristownGreen.com  (Website that covers everthing going on in Morristown.)
MorristownPatch (Morristown news, events, and deals.)

Schools & Colleges

The Morris School District serves the K-12 population in Morristown and Morris Township and grades 9 – 12 in Morris Plains. The Unity Charter School is a free, public charter school in Morristown serving K – 8 students.

Private and religious schools in Morristown and Morris Township include:
The Peck School (K – 8)
Red Oaks School (Pre-school – 6)
Assumption School (Pre-school – 8)
Morristown-Beard School (grades 6 – 12)
Villa Walsh Academy (women grades 7 – 12)
Delbarton School (men grades 7 – 12)
Cheder Lubavitch School (Pre-school – 9)
Academy of Saint Elizabeth (women 7 – 12)

Colleges in Morristown and Morris Township:
College of Saint Elizabeth
Rabbinical College of America

Business

Morristown Partnership
Morris County Chamber of Commerce

Arts & Recreation

Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morris Museum
Morristown Recreation Department
Morris Township Recreation Department
Morris County Park Commission
Morris County Arts & Culture
Morris County Tourism Bureau