Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
Located in the heart of Morristown's National Historic District, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum was built by George and Louisa Macculloch. The Maccullochs emigrated from London, England to Brooklyn, NY in 1806. In 1810, they purchased 26 acres and a one-story stone bank house from General John Doughty, a commander in George Washington's Army during the Revolutionary War. The Maccullochs built their brick, Federal style mansion, the first significant brick structure in Morristown, in 1810 and added onto it in 1812 and 1819 as their family's influence in local, state, and national history grew.
George and Louisa raised a son, Francis Law, and a daughter Mary Louisa, in the mansion on what would become Macculloch Avenue. Five generations of the Macculloch-Miller-Post family lived in the house until 1949. In 1949, the family sold the house to W. Parsons Todd. He incorporated the house into a museum for public benefit in 1950. Todd spent years preserving the nationally recognized structure and building a fine and decorative arts collection and historic archive.
Today, MHHM interprets the history and collections throughout the house's well-preserved rooms and galleries. We offer a diverse schedule of changing exhibitions, educational and public programs attended by thousands of visitors annually.
Established in 1950 by W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves and interprets its historic house and gardens, unparalleled collection of the work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), fine and decorative arts collections and Macculloch family archives, inspiring visitors to experience everyday American history where it happened. The museum’s unique historic setting, its period rooms and professional galleries excite and educate visitors of all ages, connecting present to past in a dynamic cultural environment. On site, online and through outreach, MHHM serves local, state, national and international communities.
PUBLIC HISTORY PRACTICE
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) affirms that democracy is grounded in productive civic engagement by an informed, educated citizenry. By committing to practicing public history that is accessible to everyone, MHHM bases its research on professionally curated archival primary sources. We believe in fact-based, evidence-supported interpretation guided by professional standards set by the American Association for State and Local History and the American Alliance of Museums.
Public history at MHHM strives to inspire visitors, on site or online, to experience everyday American history as it was lived at Macculloch Hall from 1810 to 1949, and through interpretation of the collections established for public benefit beginning in 1950. MHHM interprets its history within the context of broader community, state, national, and international trends contemporary to the historical period as well as to how that moment in time is interpreted today.