Acorn Hall

Acorn Hall (HMOC2)

Location: Morristown, NJ 07960 Morris County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 47.807', W 74° 27.604'

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Women's Heritage Trail

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 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.
HM NumberHMOC2
Placed ByDepartment of Community Affairs - New Jersey Historic Trust
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 10:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 545548 N 4516338
Decimal Degrees40.79678333, -74.46006667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 47.807', W 74° 27.604'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 47' 48.42" N, 74° 27' 36.24" W
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Area Code(s)973, 201, 908, 862
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205 Patriots' Path, Morristown NJ 07960, US
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