Come see where it all began in Thomas Edison's laboratory and private residence.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park sits on a little over 21 acres and includes his private residence and his laboratories.
The laboratories operated for more than 40 years and consisted of more than a dozen buildings. This is where Edison researched electricity, chemistry, photography, motion pictures and much more. In these particular laboratories is where the first motion picture camera was invented, both silent and sound movies, nickel-iron alkaline battery and many other things.
Edison's home was originally built for Henry Pedder between 1880 and 1882 but he lost it due to embezzlement. Edison than acquired the home in 1886 for $125,000 and lived there with his second wife and his three children from his first marriage. When Edison first purchased the home it consisted of 23 rooms but Edison added an additional 6 rooms and electrical wiring thoughout the mansion. The home still has all its original furnishings and is a must see.
Both areas are open to the general public for tours. In addition to the traditional visit and tours, Thomas Edison National Historical Park is also a stop on the Washington Rock & Roll Tour if you enjoy biking. The route begins and ends at the parking lot of Bernard M. Degnan Park. For more information on both tours, fees and closures, visit the website.