Foote's Pond Wood is a 24-acre Morristown park adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on James Street. It is an accessible park that supports a rich, diverse plant and animal community with several habitats including open water bordering on meadow and woods. When you walk the short trails, or take time on a bench or the dock, you will be treated to Mother Nature’s peace and beauty. Herons and egrets visit in warm weather. You can watch for turtles, listen for frogs, and begin to detect a lively wildlife community.
The land and pond are integral to Morristown’s history. In the 1800s, the land was part of a farm that raised cattle. The pond, which shows up on maps as early as 1868, was used to harvest ice and commercially farm carp. Marie C. Foote, widow of Robert D. Foote, deeded the parcel of land to Morristown in 1939 to serve as a municipal park for passive recreation.