Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Edison's Birthplace, Milan, Ohio.

The day I went to visit Rutherford B. Hayes family home in Fremont, I also went to visit Thomas Edison's birthplace in Milan, about 30 miles east.

Built by Edison's parents in 1841, this is the house he was born in in 1847.  The family only lived here for seven years and in 1854, they sold the house and moved to Port Huron, Michigan. Edison bought the house back in 1906 and after his death in 1931, his wife and daughter turned it into a museum which opened to the public in 1947 on the centennial of his birth. This house, along with his houses in West Orange, New Jersey and Fort Myers, Florida, are now all museums dedicated to the most prolific inventor in the United States.

Unlike the docent at the Hayes home, the tour guide here, while enthusiastic about her subject and his life in Milan, went on and on and on about every tiny little thing in the house - right down to the fake cheese in the kitchen. I thought I would have to knock her down and make my escape out the door to get away, but I think she finally realized (probably from my eyes rolling back into my head and the other visitor sidling towards the exit), that she needed to cut the whole thing short or risk being trampled in our attempt to leave.


farawayinthesunshine said...

Could it be she was lonely and just wanted to talk? ;-)

Karen said...

Anyes: Probably. From the looks of the guest register in the office, not many people stop and tour the house.