Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1849 Carriage House
Birthplace of the Telegraph
— Historic Speedwell —
An inventory of Stephen Vail’s property showed that he owned two carriages, two sleighs, two wagons and two buggies. This simple, one story building was used as extra storage for the Vail family’s vehicles. Its double sliding doors face the main drive that connects the working part of the estate with the main house.
When Vail improved the property in the 1840’s he had the overhead flume that brought water to the Factory Wheel House replaced with an underground pipe. The pipe passes through a corner of the Carriage House basement. A lighted inset in the floor allows visitors to see the cast iron pipe below. Today, the building is home to Historic Speedwell’s educational programs. These programs include lectures, workshops, and programs for adults, children, and school groups.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 40° 48.882′ N, 74° 28.831′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Speedwell Avenue (U.S. 202), on the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homestead Carriage House (a few steps from this marker); L’Hommedieu House (a few steps from this marker); The Granary (a few steps from this marker); Water Power at Speedwell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Vail House (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses Estey House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheel House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
More about this marker. A modern photograph of the Carriage House appears on the bottom of the marker. Also on the marker are a map of Historic Speedwell and a photo of children at an education program.
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Also see . . . Historic Speedwell - "Birthplace of the Telegraph". Morris County Park Commission website entry (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.