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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Homestead Carriage House

Birthplace of the Telegraph

 

—Historic Speedwell —

 
Homestead Carriage House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
1. Homestead Carriage House Marker
Inscription. When not managing the Ironworks, Stephen Vail was often traveling in search of business. The Homestead Carriage House was his center for transportation. The main floor was used to store carriages for the summer and sleighs for the winter. Horses were stabled on the lower level with a door facing the farmyard.

When the building was built in the 1840’s a stone marked 1808, probably from an earlier structure, was included in the foundation. When the building was converted into a garage, more windows and a cement floor were added. Today, the main floor contains an exhibit that tells the story of the Speedwell Ironworks; a forge, foundry and machine shop of national renown. It was here that Stephen and his craftsmen produced machinery for paper mills and parts for locomotives. The Ironworks was also involved in many complicated projects such as the assembly of the engines for the S.S. Savannah, the first steam powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Location. 40° 48.885′ N, 74° 28.837′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Speedwell Avenue (U.S. 202), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at Historic Speedwell. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker at Historic Speedwell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
2. Marker at Historic Speedwell
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1849 Carriage House (a few steps from this marker); Water Power at Speedwell (within shouting distance of this marker); L’Hommedieu House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Granary (within shouting distance of this marker); Vail House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead Farm (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 photos of exhibits located here.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found at Historic Speedwell.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Speedwell - "Birthplace of the Telegraph". (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Homestead Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
3. Homestead Carriage House
Historic Speedwell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2010
4. Historic Speedwell
Historic Speedwell as seen from Speedwell Avenue. The Homestead Carriage House and marker is seen to the left in the photo. The 1849 Carriage House is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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