Thomas Edison Butchertown House, Louisville

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Thomas Edison House is a historic house located in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The house is a shotgun duplex built around 1850. Thomas Edison took up residence in the same neighborhood, possibly even at this location, a part of the time he lived in Louisville from 1866 to 1867. The house features a museum that honors Edison and his inventions.Edison's time in LouisvilleIn 1866, at age 19, Thomas Edison, a skilled telegrapher, came to Louisville to work for Western Union, which at that time had an office on the corner of Main and Second Streets. In August 1866, Edison left briefly, intending to take a trip to Brazil but was turned back at New Orleans because the waterway was shut down. So, he returned to work in Louisville and found lodging in a shotgun duplex on East Washington Street in what is now Butchertown.In 1867, while working the night shift, Edison, already the experimenter, was working with a battery when he spilled sulfuric acid onto the floor and his boss' desk on the floor below. The next day, he was fired, and left town for good. Sixteen years later, in 1883, one of Edison's new inventions, the incandescent light bulb, was demonstrated in the largest installation to date in Louisville at the Southern Exposition.
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  • It was very interesting to hear the story of how Thomas Edison started in the invention business after starting with Western Union. It was interesting to see the house (with a small room he had) while...  more »
  • If you go to Louisville and no stop by the Edison House you have done yourself an injustice. Although everything is not What Thomas Edison had at his home it is Authentics antiques. Light bulbs for th...  more »
  • We were whisked back in time and took an important phone call from Mr. Edison himself! He said he spilled the beans and need us to come quickly he needed us! :)  more »
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  • Fun little outing for the family. The gentleman who works there gave us a tour. If you like science and how it was like for folks in the old days, you should check this museum out. We take our phones, sound systems, movies for granted. Edison did more than just invent the light bulb. He had his hand in a lot of things...even dolls!
  • Very interesting place to visit where Edison once lived. they have a lot of his inventions. There are many versions of the gramophone Dictaphone and of course what became a record player as well as inventions for a Telegraph key operator . It's a small place, by my brother and I spent a couple hours here.
  • Great fun! About an hour long tour with a great guide. The price ranges from 3 - 5 usd per person. He shows you all of the interesting restored things in edison's house. He guides you thru Edison's big inventions and tels you something about the history of how the city of Louisville looked when he lived there! You can ask about anything you want and you'll definitely get an answer! At the end, customers are shown many different types of bulbs Edison had made.
  • Lot of history in that small house, kids loved it, quick and very educational tour, very affordable.
  • Great tour guide in a house that is a very little known aspect of Thomas Edison's life. It's great that they preserved this. A must for any history or technology fan.

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Old Town has a number of atmospheric hotels close to the city’s main attractions, while hotels in the Highlands neighborhood offer proximity to the city’s most unusual bars, restaurants, and stores. Louisville’s collection of bed and breakfasts, generally farther from town, are a great way to experience some warm Kentucky hospitality. To save some money and enjoy the city’s scenic surroundings on a vacation in Louisville, consider one of Louisville’s campgrounds. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is just 24 km (15 mi) south of downtown.
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