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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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  • The guide told me more about Thomas Edison than I knew after visiting his lad in West Orange. The exhibits are fascinating and ask to see the two videos.  more »
  • This is place Edison rented out room for a year not where he lived small but packed with information the guy inside whom runs it was very informative and really explained everything to us so that was ...  more »
  • What a Louisville treasure! How cool that Thomas Edison lived here. When my brother and I visited last week, we expected to have a very short visit. Let's just say we didn't expect to see much but wan...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing place ..for the ones .want to learn ..luv it .my kids to
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very informative