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Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960-9384
+1 973-285-6550
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Local Nautical History

I knew about Historic Speedwell’s connection with the development of the telegraph but didn’t... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2015
Morristown, New Jersey
Speedwell Pocahontas Park

Off speedwell road, it's a cute park with a dam and offers a nice walk along the lake. There's... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2015
New Jersey
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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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333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960-9384
+1 973-285-6550
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

I knew about Historic Speedwell’s connection with the development of the telegraph but didn’t realize it’s involvement with the building of the engine for the S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic in 1819. As a US Navy Veteran I was especially interested...More

2  Thank MitchPhyllis65
Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Off speedwell road, it's a cute park with a dam and offers a nice walk along the lake. There's parking but the turn off is not clearly marked so look out for a path that sloping down.

Thank FromCHtoSG
Reviewed 10 June 2015

An old mill complex that was an excellent couple of hours. The staff gave my wife an I an wonderful tour of the buildings and we could really appreciate what had happened over the years.

1  Thank flyfisherman46715
Reviewed 6 April 2015

Historic Speedwell has several events throughout the year - Civil War re-enactments, Vail Family and Morse events, Steampunk, etc. Tour the grounds and houses or purchase a gift at their shop.

Thank Regina D
Reviewed 29 October 2014

For locals like myself it is an opportunity to learn about the Vail family. Riding around Morris County there are roads and schools named after the Vail family so I was curious about their historic impact. Well it turns out that it was quite substantial....More

2  Thank duck8to
Reviewed 10 September 2014

The best thing that I enjoy going to is the Ball they have there where the people dress in period clothes and do the old fashioned dances..They also let those visiting participate in the dances..This event happens in Dec around Christmas time..They also have a...More

1  Thank joanne k
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Looking for a new place to visit, not too far away, we found this on the internet. It is run by the Morris County Parks, which usually does a good job. This site had been home to a large ironworks plant over a century ago,...More

1  Thank Doris K
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I think everyone should visit our national landmarks. This is the birthplace of the telegraph. Should not be missed..., but I think the grounds could of been more open and finding the place is not easy. Should you go...yes, not sure I would go out...More

1  Thank Michael A
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Interesting historic site with restored buildings and exhibit with signs that described the era of inventions. It is a pretty place to walk around, a house tour is also available to learn how people lived a century ago.

Thank Netmouse R
Reviewed 4 March 2014

This place turned out to be a good place for me to shoot pictures of historic buildings. The afternoon was cold so I was the only one there which I didn't mind. Glad I made the discovery. I love to shoot historic areas.

Thank JLTLincolnPark_NJ
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I can pass this on to the Board Chair but I think if you look on the site, the data will be there.