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Thomas Edison House, Louisville

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
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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  • Stop by if you are in the area but it is not worth a special trip. TE rented a room in this house for a short while and then left the area 
  • A plaque explains that Edison lived here when he was a telegraph operator nearby. Go slowly down the tree-lined street to appreciate the many lovely homes, including some shotgun-styles. 
  • I believe this site is better for a history fanatic, but it's certainly something I would say is worth taking a picture by at least. It was near the baseball stadium we went to so went here simply to ...  read more »
  • Fascinating little slice of history. Very good tour guide who gave much interesting facts about Edison and other things. Don't overlook this little gem.
  • A personl hero of mine so positive on that. Musuem was full of history and memories of the past. Awesome place.
  • This place is a must see!! I have been fascinated with Edison since I was a little child. The tour guide is fantastic.
  • This place is really interesting and the tour guide is really nice.
  • The museum was very good and the tour guide very knowledgeable.
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