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West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Greenhouse and Barn

 
 
Greenhouse and Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
1. Greenhouse and Barn Marker
Inscription.  
This greenhouse, built in 1909 to replace a smaller one, supplied the Edison household with potted plants and cut flowers year-round. The two-story potting shed, made of Edison Portland Cement, provided work space on the first floor and gardener’s quarters on the second floor. A barn, screened by hemlock trees at far right, once sheltered cows, goats, chickens, and horses.

Under Mina Edison’s direction, the head gardener and his assistants maintained the flower gardens, a vegetable garden, and the estate’s 13½ acres of landscaped grounds. Although the garden and livestock provided some food for the Edisons, local grocers supplied most of the daily provisions, while merchants and restaurateurs from New York City furnished the delicacies for formal dinners.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureHorticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 47.195′ N, 74° 14.399′ W. Marker

Marker in Llewellyn Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
2. Marker in Llewellyn Park
is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is on Honeysuckle Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Edison National Historic Site, in the Llewellyn Park section of West Orange. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Llewellyn Park (a few steps from this marker); Edison’s Home, Glenmont (within shouting distance of this marker); Mina Miller Edison (within shouting distance of this marker); Glenmont (within shouting distance of this marker); The Estate Staff (within shouting distance of this marker); Garage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Japanese Stone Lanterns (about 500 feet away); Access Granted (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a photograph of "Glenmont’s greenhouse and gardens in 1947, the year of Mina Edison’s death."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers at Thomas Edison's Glenmont homesite.
 
Also see . . .  Edison National Historic Site. National Park Service. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Greenhouse and Gardens image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
3. Greenhouse and Gardens
The Edison Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
4. The Edison Barn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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