On a recent Friday, we decided to take a spontaneous trip. We live in NYC and didn't want to go too far, spend too much money, or overextend the children. So I settled that morning on the Thomas Edison Labratory National Park in West Orange NJ. Never to waste a toll, I decided to find something else to round out our visit and came across Grover Cleveland's Birthplace Museum in Caldwell NJ. It is about 10 minutes from tom edison and definitely worth a side visit. The museum is small, only one floor of a parsonage built in the 1830's. Cleveland's Father was Pastor of the nearby church. Cleveland was born in the bedroom of the home. The admission is free, and there is a teeny tiny gift corner. The self guided tour begins in the kitchen, around to a back dining room where there are period toys for children to interact with, then the actually bedroom. The front room has many many artifacts from his Presidency. The best part was the 150 year old piece of wedding cake! For history buffs like us, this is exactly the kind of place we enjoy-inhaling history and seeing it first hand. I gave it 4 stars since I don't think this is enough to encompass an entire pilgrimage to NJ, but it is a nice side attraction if you are in the area.
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