Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Ave * Morristown * NJ 07960 Apr-Jun: T – F 10am – 5pm and Sat 10am – 6pm | Jul-Oct: W-F 10am – 5pm and Sat 10am – 6pm and Sun 10am – 6pm

Discover the “Birthplace of the Telegraph” and experience life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution and the dawn of a new era in communications. This site preserves the estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works from the early to mid-1830s. Also on site is the national historic landmark factory building where Alfred Vail and Samuel F.B. Morse demonstrated a perfected electromagnetic telegraph to the public for the first time in January 1828. The area is home to a number of 18th century buildings, some of which were moved here and saved from demolition to this seven acre site.  There is an exquisite park across Speedwell Avenue, with the remains of the ironworks, a waterfall, and a lake with a walking trail beside it.

This historic site was named by FlipKey (part of TripAdvisor) as the number one “Historic Sight to Travel For” in New Jersey, as part of a list of a national list. List of all 50 states may be viewed here:  Full List

Of Special Note:

  • Tour the National Landmark factory building and interactive exhibits                      
  • Tour the Stephen Vail homestead c. 1840 with a docent                 
  • Visit the exhibit on the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the S.S. Savannah, whose many iron parts were crafted by the Vails     
  • Check the website morrisparks.net for special programs, tours, and events    

Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 lbensley@morristourism.org