Visiting the Thomas Edison Historical Park

Last week, my friend Cyd and I went to the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange.  Cyd owns the website, New Jersey Isn’t Boring, so if there is something unique or interesting in the state, she’ll know. I’ve been enjoying traveling the state and learning new things.

To be honest, I didn’t realize Thomas Edison worked in New Jersey.  Many of his most well-known creations were all created in West Orange!  If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend checking out the site.  It was one of the more interesting and historic sites I’ve seen.

At the very site we visited, he created the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, movies and the “nickel-iron alkaline electric” storage battery.

After eating at a diner, we headed over to the Thomas Edison Historical Park.

Here is a little bit of information in case you are interested. The Site itself hosts both Edison’s home as well as his lab site.  It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1955. It was closed for several decades, and it reopened on March 30, 2009. During its closure, it was in service and used to manufacture several of Edison’s inventions.  After renovations on the entire lab complex, it was completely reopened for visitors on October 10, 2009.

Here are a few interesting photos:

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Lab Site
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Behind that wall he created the first motion picture.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Ediphone Convention on August 12…1920 😉
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Also important is where the first waffle irons were created. How would I have my prerunning breakfast (waffles) without it?
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
This is one invention perhaps the world did not need…
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Another lab
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
A replica of where motion pictures were created

This is his desk exactly as he left it.  Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison Me New Jersey Isn't Boring
They even had a selfie station with Thomas Edison himself. As you can see, he prefers the Black and White option

The museum took about 2 hours to view.  I highly recommend it, if you’re ever in the area.

Questions for you:
What was the last museum or historic site you’ve been too?
Are there any historical sites in your local area? 

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Menlo Park Diner

Last month, Danielle, Amelia and I met at the Menlo Park Diner. I had only expecting Danielle, but I was super jazzed to find out Amelia was coming as well.

Menlo Park Diner Edison, NJ

Last month, Danielle, Amelia and I met at the Menlo Park Diner.  I had only expecting Danielle, but I was super jazzed to find out Amelia was coming as well.  In fact, I believe this weekend they are both running the Disney races!

After the weirdest jug handle turn, I arrived at the Menlo Park Diner.  Since it was right after Christmas, the Menlo Park mall was extremely crowded.  Luckily the diner was not crowded at all.

Atmosphere: A
The Menlo Park Diner is a large silver building, lovely and lit up.  It’s a stereotypical giant silver metallic building.  The inside is a typical NJ diner with a bar, many booths and tables.  We sat in a spacious booth.  The seats were comfortable, which I’ve recently learned not to take for granted.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good.  I don’t have anything of note about it, but I enjoyed it.  The cup was tiny, but the waitress refilled it several times so I can’t complain.

menlo park diner coffee

Service: A
I have to say the service was some of the best I have received.  The waitress refilled our coffee and water frequently made sure we had plenty to drink.  While the food wasn’t the fastest to come out, she did check on us.

Food: A
The menu at the Menlo Park Diner is massive.  They have everything from sandwiches to salads and seafood as well as breakfast.  It took us about 15 minutes to even decide what we wanted.

menlo park diner salad

After eating out several times in the previous days, I opted for the large Greek Salad with salmon.  When the salad came out, I can say it was actually large.  There was probably close to 10 dollars worth of cheese alone on the salad, and that’s no exaggeration.  The salad consisted of lettuce, olives, onions, anchovies (which I love), grape leaves, pita bread and 100 parts cheese.  It was one of the most salads I had had in a while.

After finishing the salad, I still had 20 dollars of cheese left.  I felt like I didn’t make a dent in the cheese situation.

menlo park diner cheese

Cost: $$
For my salad and coffee, the cost was $20 but, to be honest, the amount of cheese alone made me wonder if they could possibly make money by only charging that amount.

Summary/Would I come back?

I will be back at some point.  The food was delicious and the service was great.  Plus the Menlo Park Diner had great looking dessert I am interested in trying.

Cliffs notes:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Service: A
Food: A
Cost: $10-20

Overall: A
Questions for you:
What is your favorite type if cheese?