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“Great for History Enthusiasts and Photographers”
Review of Historic Speedwell

Historic Speedwell
Ranked #10 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!
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Enjoyable stop for those interested in history and for some good photo ops...Although we didn't have bikes, it looked like an attraction for cyclists and casual hikers.

Thank indiegal
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

You should include this area in any local history trip. Just outside of town, it's easy to get to. I didn't know about the local Samuel Morse history.

Thank Craig W
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Went there for a civil war re-enactment. Considering that there isn't that much to see, I thought that the admission was pricey.

Thank Rodger E
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

A serene spot in a busy city. Several historic buildings have been saved & moved here from downtown. Very well staffed,unusually neat &clean for a park. We enjoyed a 3 hour visit, then went across street for a walk by Speedwell Lake on Patriots Path

Thank Margaret S
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Reviewed July 31, 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!

Thank halliejo
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