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Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960-9384
+1 973-285-6550
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Historic birthplace of the telegraph

Preserved ironworks and other historic places. A movie shows that Samuel Morse invented the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Seminole, Florida
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Colonial/Early American Artifacts

Historic Speedwell is a small enclave off of Speedwell Avenue that has a number of structures that... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Morristown, NJ
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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

Preserved ironworks and other historic places. A movie shows that Samuel Morse invented the telegraph here and sent the first message two miles aeay.

Thank jekcpa
Reviewed 19 October 2016

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...More

Thank stevesottl
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Gives a real sense of the development of industry in the late 19th Century. Historic area, walk with nature near water features.

Thank Adrienne B
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We had a great time at Speedwell. The kids loved it and the staff were wonderful. They treated us just like family! Thank you for the best experience!

1  Thank GUBBIOO
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Morse Code was invented here and you can get a feel for the times among these historic buildings. Stroll the grounds and visit the waterfall and small park across the street where you can also find paths that run alongside the peaceful river. Several events...More

Thank Kris D
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

This review is for the speedwell dam and waterfall across the road from historic speedwell. The whippany river flows through here and the man made waterfall is beautiful. There are a number of stone structures throughout the park and there is a jogging path as...More

Thank schmutaki
Reviewed 15 November 2015

A collection of historic buildings plus exhibits of how modern communications started. Period home with furnishing. County and National Park. Educational. Worth a visit.

Thank CHEVAL80
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Several late 19th and early 20th c structures open for views plus periodically docents demonstrate vintage trades. Plus a water powered mill and sluice. Imagine you are off the west end of Morristown so no need to travel far to tour often.

1  Thank DianneWheatley
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Worthy of a visit. Morris County has so many wonderful parks and so much heritage. Very glad that someone had the vision to protect this important historical location.

2  Thank Ned G
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Several of the buildings were not open to the public. Waterwheel was very nice to see. The foundry had very little to see. Morse code exhibits were very interesting.

2  Thank Rose W
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Response from Adrienne B | Reviewed this property |
I can pass this on to the Board Chair but I think if you look on the site, the data will be there.