Historic Speedwell

Historic Speedwell, Morristown: Address, Phone Number, Historic Speedwell Reviews: 4/5

Historic Speedwell
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Experience life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution at Historic Speedwell. This National Historic Landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Ironworks, located nearby through exhibits and iron working artifacts. The most significant of the eight historic structures on the site is the completely restored Factory, where Stephen's son, Alfred Vail, worked with Samuel F. B. Morse to perfect the telegraph. It was here on January 11, 1838, where the first successful demonstration of the electromagnetic telegraph changed the course of modern telecommunications. A new hands-on, interactive exhibit experience awaits visitors to the Factory Building. Visitors receive guided tours of the Vail House and the Factory. The Wheelhouse, adjacent to the Factory, houses a restored 24-foot overshoot waterwheel, which still works today!
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Dan
New Jersey928 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Awesome place to stop enjoy the path close by and see how life was back in the day. It is crazy to see how far we have progressed in such a short period of time. Well worth the stop to relax and enjoy the fall weather.
Written 18 November 2019
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njcycle
Morris Plains, NJ110 contributions
Oct 2019
Dot, dot, dash, dash, the telegraph begat the phone begat the internet. And if all began here. A village of relocated original buildings on the original site. Compact, easy to tour. Limited parking, but across the street is a Morristown municipal park with extra parking and, as a bonus, an entrance to a lovely, paved greenway that's part of the extensive Patriot's Path system.
Written 9 October 2019
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Robert & Barbar... L
Piscataway5 contributions
Jul 2019
Very good tour guide. Small place but well worth the visit. Interesting history of the invention of Morse code.
Written 22 August 2019
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mghtmck
Dover, NJ158 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is the site of an old iron forge that became the site where the telegraph was developed. If you are serious about your history, this site is even set up so that you can enjoy when closed. But.. if that is not your bag, you may not enjoy it. I loved it.
Written 21 July 2019
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David
Wayne, NJ32 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
What a find in Morristown! I was disappointed at how little attention was paid to the significance of this invention within the museum. The property has become a place to deposit period buildings from the area - and not all of them can be toured. The tour guides were junior and not very polished in their knowledge or understanding of the history. Overall worth seeing if you’re in the area but this isn’t run like a national monument so keep your expectations in check.
Written 13 April 2019
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JohnBCowgill
Washington DC, DC804 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
It may not look like much from the road, but this is a great place to see. The tour guide was great. If you are in the area, you must see this place. Please note that this site in not open year round.
Written 12 October 2018
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Joe S
Newfoundland, NJ3 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Had a nice time touring the same place we went to twenty five years ago when kids were in elementary school. MaryBeth did a great job of framing the history of the Vails and we stayed dry in yesterday’s dampness. Did not know of the Morse code origin associated here.
Written 28 May 2018
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jekcpa
Seminole, FL522 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Preserved ironworks and other historic places. A movie shows that Samuel Morse invented the telegraph here and sent the first message two miles aeay.
Written 20 August 2017
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stevesottl
Shrewsbury, NJ533 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
Historic Speedwell is a small enclave off of Speedwell Avenue that has a number of structures that are pre and post-Revolutionary. The local enthusiasts use the site for historical reenactments of the Revolution and Civil War eras. There are also 6 Pokestops on the site which makes it key for Pokemon addicts.
Written 18 October 2016
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Adrienne B
Morristown, NJ41 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
Gives a real sense of the development of industry in the late 19th Century. Historic area, walk with nature near water features.
Written 25 July 2016
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