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Thomas Edison House

729 East Washington Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40222 USA

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
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  • No Wifi

“where Thomas Edison began conducting experiments”

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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Reviewed by
Sally

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 16, 2016

Arrived to find it closed at a time it was supposed to be open (Saturday 11:15.)

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Reviewed by
strzecki

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  • 0 Helpful
July 11, 2018

Arrived at 5:15 (was supposed to close at 8) and they were closed. Very disappointing.

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DeborahMcDanielCoon

  • 4 Reviews
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October 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

Quick tour, tour guide very informative and good humored! Very much enjoyed our visit to this little house!

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luellen90

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July 29, 2016
Rated 5.0

Well maintained place, tour guide was informative & witty. Although Edison did not live there very long is was very interesting to see things from that time, what he worked on, how it worked, & what he was like

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Thomas Edison House

729 East Washington Street
Louisville, Kentucky
40222 USA

Hours

Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Thu, Fri: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Yes Parking

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