Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Ave * Morristown * NJ 07960 Apr-Oct: W-F 10am-5pm | Sat 10am-6pm | Sun Noon-6pm | Last tour at 3:30pm

This seven-acre National Historic Landmark has established its place in world history several times over. It was here in 1838, at the start of the Industrial Revolution, that Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrated a perfected electromagnetic telegraph to the public. The Factory Building (“The Birthplace of the Telegraph”) is now a three-story, interactive telecommunications museum. Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works from the early to mid-1830s, completely renovated his family estate in 1844. The home’s original furnishings, period antiques and artwork make it easy for visitors to picture the Vail family’s life back then.

Historic Speedwell has several 18th century buildings, some of which were moved to this seven-acre site after being saved from demolition. The exquisite park across the street has the remains of the ironworks, a waterfall, and a lake with a walking trail.

For a look behind the scenes, see this short video.

Of Special Note:

  • The L’Hommedieu House Visitors Center has an exhibit on the S.S. Savannah, the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean
  • Many of the ship’s parts were designed at Speedwell Iron Works alongside Ironmaster Stephen Vail



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 [email protected]