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

The Estate Staff

 
 
The Estate Staff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
1. The Estate Staff Marker
Inscription. This laundry yard was often filled with clothes hung out to dry. Inside the house domestic servants cooked, cleaned, and tended to the family’s needs. Mina Edison supervised a staff that included a cook, governess, personal maid, kitchen maid, chauffeur, and gardener. Female domestics lived on Glenmont’s third floor while the men were housed in quarters in the garage, barn and greenhouse.

The semi-circular drive around the laundry yard leads to Glenmont’s servants’ entrance and kitchen where deliverymen brought ice, food, and other supplies. When the Edisons hosted formal dinners, local employment agencies provided waiters, waitresses, and additional temporary staff.
 
Erected by Edison National Historic Site, National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 47.183′ N, 74° 14.447′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is on Honeysuckle Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Edison National Historic Site, in the Llewellyn Park section of West Orange. Marker is in this post office area: West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glenmont (here, next to this marker); Llewellyn Park (within shouting
Marker at Glenmont image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
2. Marker at Glenmont
The laundry yard can be seen in this photo behind the marker.
distance of this marker); Edison’s Home, Glenmont (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenhouse and Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Mina Miller Edison (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Garage (about 500 feet away); Llewellyn Park Gatehouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Laboratory Complex (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a photograph of nurse Helena McCarthy holding a young Madeleine Edison. The bottom left of the marker features a “List of female employees at Glenmont, as noted by Mina Edison in 1902.”
 
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 . . .
1. Edison National Historic Site. National Park Service. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Biography of Thomas Edison.
Edison's Home, Glenmont image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
3. Edison's Home, Glenmont
Thomas Edison and his family lived in this 23-room Victorian mansion located on Llewellyn Park, NJ.
"... Thomas Edison was more responsible than any one else for creating the modern world .... No one did more to shape the physical/cultural makeup of present day civilization.... Accordingly, he was the most influential figure of the millennium...." The Heroes Of The Age: Electricity And Man. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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List of Female Staff from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
4. List of Female Staff from Marker
Glenmont, Home of Thomas Edison image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 19, 2008
5. Glenmont, Home of Thomas Edison
Glenmont and the marker are found in Edison National Historic Site in the Llewellyn Park section of West Orange, NJ.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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