July 23, 2013

Historic Speedwell in Morristown

Speedwell Village


Historic Speedwell is a beautiful 7.5 acre park which includes the former Speedwell Ironworks and Speedwell Village, in historic Morristown, NJ.  

This is the place where the first electric telegraph was demonstrated. Before the Internet, before television, before radio, and even before the telephone – the telegraph eventually allowed a way to almost instantly transmit messages across the country and even overseas. This is one of the most critical inventions – ever! Stephen Vail was the proprietor of the Speedwell Ironworks. Stephen Vail’s son, Alfred, helped Samuel Morse perfect the telegraph.The village included The Granary, Moses Estey House, Ford Cottage, and the Wheel House.  Here is a wonderful article about this place from Jersey Through History:

Jersey Through History: Historic Speedwell & Speedwell Ironworks

Also read this:

A Forgotten History: Alfred Vail and Samuel Morse

Speedwell Village
Speedwell Village
The Vails
Speedwell Ironworks
Telegraphs
Telegraphs
Speedwell Village

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July 16, 2013

National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt

Sherman tank at National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey
The National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt, New Jersey is a non-profit museum designed to preserve the military history of New Jersey. The little museum has many interesting exhibits to explain New Jersey’s important role in various military campaigns.
On the front lawn of the museum reside interesting battle-scarred tanks, helicopters, and planes, including Patton tanks and the classic Sherman tank.

Admission is free!


National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

Tanks at National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey


Helicopter at National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey

Sherman tank


For more information about the National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt: 

National Guard Militia Museum

And the Museum’s Facebook page

 

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July 09, 2013

Sea Girt Lighthouse in Sea Girt, New Jersey

Sea Girt Lighthouse

Sea Girt Lighthouse in pretty little Sea Girt, New Jersey is a sweet little lighthouse. It is different, because the little light tower is actually part of the house. Most lighthouses are separate structures from the keeper’s house.

Sea Girt Lighthouse

After you enter the house, you see the little parlor.



Sea Girt Lighthouse parlor

To get to the light, you must climb a small ladder: 

Sea Girt Lighthouse

You can see the light:

Sea Girt Lighthouse light

The views from the lighthouse are great.

Sea Girt Lighthouse
Sea Girt Lighthouse

There are two wonderful websites that you tell you all about the lighthouse: 

Sea Girt Lighthouse

Lighthouse Friends

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July 02, 2013

Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire Park

Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park in Farmingdale/Wall Township is one of the oldest continually operating narrow gauge steam preservation railway exhibits in the country. 

All are welcome to take a trip!

All Aboard!!! 

Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park

The Pine Creek Railroad at Allaire State Park


For more about the Pine Creek Railroad, click here.  

You can read more about Allaire Village here.

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