• Open April through October
  • Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • A variety of special events and workshops offered throughout the year
  • Special events, workshops and tours highlight stories related to New Jersey history including the role played by the site during the Industrial Revolution, the development of modern telecommunications, historic preservation, and daily life in the state
  • ADA accessible restrooms, classrooms, and most exhibits
  • Free parking
  • Gift shop
  • Free

Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960


Discover the "Birthplace of the Telegraph" and New Jersey's unique role in the Industrial Revolution. Historic Speedwell's buildings and surrounding landscape capture the flavor of life during the early to mid-nineteenth century. This National Historic Landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works. Experience life during the mid-nineteenth century through guided tours, special events, school and youth programs, summer camps, and exhibits.

The most significant building at Speedwell is the factory where Stephen's son, Alfred, worked with Samuel F.B. Morse to perfect the telegraph. The electromagnetic telegraph was first publicly demonstrated in this building on January 11, 1838, which earned Speedwell the title of "Birthplace of the Telegraph." Inside the restored building, enjoy interactive exhibits on the development of the telegraph and its connection to modern communications. The site also include the historic Vail home, three original outbuildings with exhibits, and three historic Morristown homes moved to the site in the 1960s.


  • Explore the history behind the invention of the telegraph
  • Experience life during the nineteenth century through tours, special events, programs, and exhibits
  • Tour the factory, historic home, and outbuildings on the property

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