West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Main Gate
Edison National Historic Site, NJ
The wooden gatehouse to your left was added in 1890, three years after Edison built his red-brick laboratory buildings. Behind the gatehouse, building 1 served as the physics laboratory until 1892 when vibrations from streetcars on Main Street upset the delicate instruments. Ahead, Building 5 housed a stockroom, machine shops, and Edison’s personal library-office.
Erected by Edison National Historic Site, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 40° 47.036′ N, 74° 14.049′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. 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. Thomas A. Edison Industries (here, next to this marker); Second Commercial Electric Railroad LocomotiveThe Laboratory Complex (a few steps from this marker); The Truck of the First Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Truck of the Second Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison’s West Orange Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Chemistry Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
More about this marker. Several photographs of Edison and his employees appear on the marker. The bottom left of the marker features a photo of “Thomas Edison, singer Anna Case, and Edison assistants Walter Miller and W.H. Meadowcroft at the laboratory’s entrance arch in 1920.” Next to this is a photo of “Edison employees board[ing] a streetcar on Main Street in 1919. Note the gatehouse behind the streetcars.” A 1917 photo in the upper right of the marker shows three Edison employees in front of the gatehouse.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found at the Laboratory Complex of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.
Also see . . . Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey. Nation Park Service website. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.