Historic Speedwell in Morristown

July 23, 2013

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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Comments

  1. ok, never been there either!
    love that red barn in the 5th pic.

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  2. Loved your interesting tour...I am on the west coast and enjoy reading about these places I would love to visit. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog~I am following yours now too:)

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    1. Thank you so much! Perhaps you will visit New Jersey one day!

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  3. So there is some history in the US after all. ;)
    Nice shots and it really looks interesting.

    You are welcome to check out a report from a recent trip to Rome at my blog. Have fun and keep blogging!

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    1. There is plenty of history in the United States :)

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

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  4. nice pics. I find it interesting to read about different places around the world.

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  5. Oh wow. Another beautiful place to visit.

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  6. That's a beautiful place. I love the last picture. So lovely!

    Just bloghopping! ;o)

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  7. A beautiful place to visit

    My entry is here.

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  8. What an amazing looking place! I love to visit historical places! Maybe one day I'll make it to Jersey!!

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