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Visiting the Thomas Edison Historical Park

Visiting the Thomas Edison Historical Park

Thomas Edison Historical Park (West Orange, NJ)

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 Thomas Edison National Historical Park.  It was one of the more interesting and historic sites I’ve seen.  The National Park Service keeps it in pristine shape.

At the Thomas Edison Historical Park, 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 Thomas Edison Historical Park itself hosts both Edison’s home as well as his lab site.  It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1955. Even though the Thomas Edison Historical Park 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 from the Thomas Edison Historical Park:

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Lab Site at the Thomas Edison Historical Park

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 the first waffle irons were created at the Thomas Edison Historical Park. 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 and machine shop at the Thomas Edison Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

A replica of where motion pictures were created at the Thomas Edison Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

So many desks and work spaces at the Thomas Edison Historical Park

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

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.

Menlo Park Diner Atmosphere: A
The Menlo Park Diner is a giant 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 in the Menlo Park Diner were comfortable, which I’ve recently learned not to take for granted.

Menlo Park Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Menlo Park Diner 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

Menlo Park Diner Service: A
I have to say the service at the Menlo Park Diner 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.

Menlo Park Diner Food: A
The Menlo Park Diner menu 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. Oddly enough, the waitress asked if I wanted Russian dressing or Cole slaw. Neither were for me.

The food came out almost as fast as fast food. When the salad came out, I can say it was actually massive.  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

Menlo Park Diner 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 make money by only charging that amount.

Summary/Would I come back to the Menlo Park Diner (Edison)?

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

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

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

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