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“Nice historic site” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Historic Speedwell

Historic Speedwell
Ranked #11 of 29 things to do in Morristown
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Owner description: 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!
New Jersey
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“Nice historic site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

Nice little museum with very friendly staff who are willing to talk to you about anything. There are several buildings on site, some which you can only see on a tour. Good place to go for an afternoon if you're interested in historic houses!

Visited June 2011
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“One of those "hidden" gems”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

Let me start by admitting that I have been a guest volunteer at Speedwell as a blacksmith. My review has nothing to do with that. I come from Boston originally - where history is just part of life. Here in NJ, you sometimes have to look for it, but the search is worthwhile when you find a gem like the home of the telegraph, and the remains of an adjacent early ironworks, where the boiler for the first trans-Atlantic steamship was made. Tours are inexpensive and conducted by a small, dedicated staff (You only need to pay if you decide to take the tour beyond walking around the site and reading the interpretive signage). This is part of the well-regarded Morris County Parks system, and is an excellent place to start enjoying the parks. Special events are frequently sheduled - see their website.

Visited July 2011
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