The “best date ever” theme came after researching Morristown history and discovering occasions in which the Black Horse Inn figured prominently. Those occasions include the wedding of Sara Dent and Joseph Ault in 1863 as well as five other weddings from the 1860s and 1870s; the birth of a baby boy in 1932; a sleigh ride dinner in 1892; and the Questers State Convention in 2005.
“By heart bombing the Black Horse, we are creating an awareness of the value of all historic properties and recognizing their importance to our local, state and national history,” said MHPA president John Rataiczak.
The Black Horse is Morristown’s most recognizable landmark and one of the last inns/taverns still standing along the historic National Road. It is currently being restored by the Morristown Historic Preservation Association (MHPA).
Pamela McCort, who lives across the street from the Black Horse, said she sees more than just an old building when she looks at the inn.
“The reason we are passionate about saving the Black Horse is not just because it is historic, but also because it has been a part of Morristown and the lives of so many people,” McCort said.
Zoe Fahnestock of Morristown may have been thinking of her first prom as she looked at this valentine with the date of one held at the Black Horse Inn in the 1930s.
Eighteen “heart bombs” festooned the historic National Road inn/tavern this weekend as part of Heart Bomb 2017: Spread the Love for Historic Places. Each heart contained an event that happened there, including weddings, births, conventions and and more centered around the theme: “Happy Valentine’s Day, Black Horse; you were the best date ever.”
The prom was an event attended by the late Harriett Buchanan Hackley, who lived across the street from the Black Horse for many years.