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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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