Menlo Park in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Thomas Edisonís Office 1879 to 1884
The foundations are of Thomas Alva Edisonís office here at the Menlo Park laboratory complex. The building was completed in early 1879 along with a brick machine shop. This building contained Edisonís massive library and in the basement was a vault (which still exists) in which Edison kept his most important papers and inventions from prying eyes. It was here that Edison met and entertained his most important guests such as financiers, politicians, entertainers, and of course the press. It was here that Edison hosted luminaries such as J.P Morgan and the great actress Sarah Burnhart (sic). Madame Burnhart (sic) was also take around the grounds and into the laboratory. She later called Edison the “Napoleon of Invention”. The laboratory building was where the public looked to see the wonders of Edisonís work, but the office was a private place where Edison and his workers could study and research without being interrupted by the public themselves. In fact, there was a special train from New York that took spectators to Menlo Park where they would stand in the street and wait and watch the great wizard as he went from building
Dedicated July 19, 2003 on the 126th Anniversary of recorded sound.
Edison Historic Preservation Commission
George A. Sporado Mayor
Erected 2003 by Edison Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is July 19, 2003.
Location. 40° 33.797′ N, 74° 20.305′ W. Marker is in Menlo Park, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Christie Street and Tower Street, on the left when traveling west on Christie Street. Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 Christie St, Edison NJ 08837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sarah B. Jordan Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Invention of the Phonograph (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison and the Electric RailwayThomas Alva Edisonís Menlo Park Invention Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Alva Edison Menlo Park Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Menlo Park Terrace (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Of Iselin (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menlo Park.
Also see . . . Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Office and Library. Greenfield Village Open-Air Museum entry (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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