Edison National Historic Site
Main Street and Lakeside Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
Welcome to Edison National
Imagine your day ending at sunset. Life without
music, motion pictures, radio. Life without light itself. Our modern
lives began at the turn of the century in West Orange, New Jersey. The
Laboratory and home of Thomas Edison, stopped in time, continue to
teach a new generation.
Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the
estate of Thomas and Mina Edison called Glenmont. Thomas Edison
purchased this grand estate for his new bride Mina Miller Edison in
1886. It is here that the Edisons raised their children, entertained
friends, family and Edison business associates. Spend some time
wandering the grounds and see why Thomas and Mina loved their home.
While you're visiting the Glenmont Estate be
- Take a tour of the Edison's 29 room Queen
Anne style mansion
- Explore the estate grounds and outbuildings
- See the newly restored greenhouse
- Visit the new Garden Shop located in the
At the corner of Main Street and Lakeside Avenue
in West Orange, New Jersey stands a group of red brick buildings. To
the passing motorist the buildings betray little evidence of their
glory days and of the people who worked inside.
A short distance away is Glenmont, Thomas
Edison's estate. Together, the laboratory and residence preserve the
work and character of America's foremost inventor, Thomas Edison and
the family, friends and business associates who played a key role in
Did You Know?
In 1920 Thomas Edison told reporter B.F. Forbes that he was working on
a machine that could make contact with the spirits of the dead.
Newspapers all over the world picked up this story. After a few years,
Edison admitted that he had made the whole thing up.
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