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Thomas Edison's Glenmont Estate and Laboratory

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Estate and Laboratory

Northern New Jersey
Saturday, November 23, 2019 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
West Orange, NJ
New Jersey

It is the place where modern America was invented and we got the opportunity to see this gem up close and personal. On November 23, 2019, the New Jersey Open Road Thunderbird Club invited us to join them in their venture to tour the Edison Museum,  part of the National Historical Park system in West Orange. The tour started at Glenmont,the prestigious home of the Edison Family in Llewellyn Park. The 29 room Queen Ann Victorian mansion was decked out in all its Christmas trimmings. The majestic 10 ft Christmas tree was lit and presents were ready for the children as if they were about to run down the staircase and unwrap them. Fine china adorned the dining room table ready to greet guests for a an elegant dinner. Holiday cards that the family received were also on display for all to read. The tour continued to the outbuildings of the mansion's grounds which included a barn, a greenhouse and a Gardner's cottage. The focal point of the outer buildings was certainly the garage. Once inside you were able to view the 1922 Model T ford, two Detroit Electrics and a 1902 Locomobile which Edison adapted to run on his own storage battery. The garage also housed a car wash, a gas pump, an air compressor,  a battery charger and a turntable for parking cars. Truly a highlight for all car enthusiasts! To end the tour, one can head out to the quiet garden and visit the graves of Thomas and Mina Edison who are buried there. To continue on to the second part of our tour,  one was able to  scour the lab where Edison worked for over 40 years. Here the first motion picture camera came alive, followed by the improvement in phonographs, sound recordings, and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery. Silent and sound movies were perfected in the first theater called the Black Maria on its turntable. His desk is housed in the library which sits as he left it on the very last day that he went to work. . It is a wonderful tribute to a scientist who helped to frame America and bring it to life! He truly is one of the most beloved pioneers of our country.It was a day well spent.   

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