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Thomas Edison 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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  • August 14, 2017
    Museum was closed the day we were there but still fun to see one of Thomas Edison's homes. This is located in a very industrial section of town but don't be put off by that, well worth the drive.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    We stopped on a road trip and we were so glad we did. Our 7 and 9 year old e an enjoyed and learned. Our tour guide was a sweet lady who we enjoyed. So many good displays and info. Love seeing history...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    This was an area of Washington Street that is more commercial than further down in Butchertown. I have lived in this city all my life and don't remember seeing this building. First, it is a small buil...  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    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.
  • May 19, 2017
    Amazing place ..for the ones .want to learn ..luv it .my kids to
  • September 28, 2016
    The Thomas Edison House was amazing! Todd was such a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, nice and personable. So much history and artifacts here. I learned so much about Edison.
  • June 11, 2016
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    Very informative

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