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Schuyler-Hamilton House Open for Tours
Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, November 27, 2022
The Morristown Chapter – Daughters of the American Revolution welcome you to visit the newly-enhanced Schuyler-Hamilton House, home of Revolutionary-era doctor Jabez Campfield and the place where Alexander Hamilton courted his wife Betsy Schuyler.
The house is open for tours every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy new additions to the home’s collections, as well as refreshed exhibits that focus on Dr. Jabez Campfield, the story surrounding founding father Alexander Hamilton and his future wife Besty Schuyler, and Morristown’s significant role in the American Revolution.
The museum’s medical history exhibit has been expanded with several new centerpiece items of colonial,
Revolutionary War, and Federal Period medicine. A beautiful early nineteenth-century wood apothecary cabinet with original hand-blown medicine bottles are now on view to visitors. Other items added to the medical history exhibit include a brass surgeon’s lamp dating from the early nineteenth
century, leech jars, and a nineteenth-century microscope to demonstrate the evolution of medical science from miasma to germ theory. The new items provide a visual reference to enhance the story of the smallpox epidemic that swept through Morristown during the first winter encampment in 1777.
The DAR also curated a new exhibit focused on the life and times of Dr. Jabez Campfield, the house’s owner during the Revolution. Dr. Campfield was Morristown’s first doctor, an army surgeon, and a civic leader in Morristown.
Visitors interested in colonial architecture or historic preservation will want to take special note of the newly conserved 18-century windows, which took seven months to restore.
The general public are welcome to visit on Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m. Reservations are not required for small groups. School and group tours are also available on request to [email protected]. For additional information please visit the Schuyler-Hamilton House on Facebook or visit the chapter’s website at http://www.morristown.njdar.org/