Perth Amboy Barracks & Inventors’ Institute
In 1847 Dr. Solomon Andrews (1806-1872) established his “Inventors’ Institute” in the former Barracks. Here, in a specially constructed hangar, Andrews built and exhibited a prototype airship as early as 1849. It was from this site on June 1, 1863, that he made the world’s first fully-controlled flight aboard the unpowered dirigible Aereon.
After serving for many years as the city’s poor house, the Barracks were torn down in 1908 to make way for the Perth Amboy Grammar School.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, French and Indian.
Location. 40° 30.743′ N, 74° 16.13′ W. Marker is in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Barracks Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 178 Barracks Street, Perth Amboy NJ 08861, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Mundy Peterson School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Market Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Surveyor General's Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Record Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Polish Veterans of World War II, Post 40 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Earl of Perth (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perth Amboy.
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