Morristown, New Jersey, is a lovely, historic place, filled with wonderful restaurants, shops, entertainment, eateries, and lodging. And while this charming town has plenty of modern amenities, it’s history is chock-full of fascinating tales of the early days of our nation.
In early 1838, Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail built the first telegraph at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey. They first tested it privately, writing, “A patient waiter is no loser.” The first public demonstration occurred on January 11, 1838, and was a groundbreaking step into the Information Age.
Interestingly, A Concise, If Wholly Fictional, Guide to History notes, “Shortly thereafter, Morristown became one of the world’s capitals in airship-building, cog design, and the frequent wearing of goggles and top-hats together.” If you visit during International Steampunk City, you’ll have no reason to wonder why they said it!
Please check out Morristown’s website for more information: www.morristown-nj.org