Morristown Mystery: Who Warmed Up Old George?

A playful visitor to the Morristown Green saw it fit to cover our first President with warm weather gear. The question is why?

It might not be the brutal winter of 1777, but the harsh polar vortex conditions prompted a visitor to the Morristown Green to place modern winter weather gear on the statues of George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton.  

Several Patch readers sent in photos and posed the question: who did this and why? 

The answer may lie with the note attached to the hat and scarf connected to the Seeing Eye statue of Morris Frank.

"If you need this to help keep you warm in this cold weather, then it is now yours. Life is good. Pass it on."

Some readers suggested this could have been done by Emily's Hats For Hope, but messages have so far been unreturned.  

For now, your guess is as good as ours, unless the scarf sharing samaritan wants to fill us in. Until then it remains a mystery. 

Tell us: Why do you think the trio of historical figures were given a semi-modern makeover? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Leigh Weinman January 25, 2014 at 03:24 PM
And I noticed a hat on the Morris Frank statue as well.
Russ Crespolini (Editor) January 25, 2014 at 03:47 PM
The plot thickens!
Alice Jameson January 25, 2014 at 06:05 PM
What a waste of perfectly good knitted apparel. In this freezing cold, someone less fortunate could have benefited from those items.
Sofie January 25, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Actually, Alice, if you take a look at the Seeing Eye page you will see all the hats and scarves were left with notes attached that read “If you need this to help keep you warm in this cold weather, then it is now yours. Life is good. Pass it on." So, they were not wasted. They were meant for people in need. There is a rumor going around that it is the work of Emily's Hats For Hope, a local group run by a teen who makes thousands of hats & scarves for homeless people. She even has close to 40 chapters all over the world (according to her facebook page). It sounds to me like whoever did this was trying to make a difference and help those less fortunate. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152884866376988&set=a.389905136987.170261.311901101987&type=1&theater
Russ Crespolini (Editor) January 25, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Now that is interesting! Thanks for the lead!
Alice Jameson January 25, 2014 at 09:48 PM
I happily stand corrected, Sofie. Kudos to the heretofore anonymous donor!
Donna Lohmeyer January 26, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I have read that this generous and compassionate task is called "yarn bombing" and its goal is to get warming articles to those who are in need. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Heck+yarn+Mystery+statue+scarves+solved/9414009/story.html
Russ Crespolini (Editor) January 26, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Donna this is fascinating! I still want to locate our local yarn bomber! :-)
Donna Lohmeyer January 26, 2014 at 09:22 AM
When you do, Russ, send them by the store so we can donate a bit of money to pay for yarn. This lovely gesture desrves support. If anyone wants to donate yarn to these crafters we will collect it at The Golden Pineapple and and hold it for pick up. We also serve as a collection site for Emily's Hats for Hope. Talented yarn crafters (including a group of office co-workers) have brought many beauties.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM
I am surprised the "you can't do that!" Njians haven't demanded an investigation into the "defacing of the monument"
K. Q. Duane January 26, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Let's hope this is NOT encouraged as we could see these illustrious men's statues ridiculed at Halloween or St. Patricks Day or just for the heck of it. Whoever did it, if found, should be soundly reprimanded.
Dan January 26, 2014 at 06:49 PM
I think they should be soundly praised and given as much help as they can. This is a good deed, a good way to get to the poor (many of whom wander around the Green) who may not have money to go out and buy warm clothing. I can handle the statues downtown having a bit of clothing on them if it means someone is a little warmer. Anyone who thinks this is a bad thing should grab a scarf to warm up their heart.
Sofie January 26, 2014 at 11:49 PM
I was going to challenge the abrasive comment made by K.Q. but after doing a quick Google search of her name I quickly discovered that being "abrasive" seems to be all she is capable of when she voices her opinion. Perhaps her time would be better spent helping the less fortunate instead of condemning those who actually show the initiative to do so.


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