Friends of Historic Speedwell

Friends of Historic Speedwell Visit the Birthplace of the Telegraph at our 7 acre historic museum in Morristown, NJ! Open Wed - Sun, April - October We are a non-profit organization with a focus on fundraising and preservation for Morris County Park Commission's Historic Speedwell.
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Mission: Historic Speedwell will acquire, preserve, study, exhibit and interpret artifacts relating to the domestic and industrial life of Stephen Vail (1780-1864) and his family, the Speedwell Iron Works, and the perfection of the electro-magnetic telegraph and its role in communications.

Operating as usual

03/17/2020

For the health and well-being of our park patrons and park staff, beginning Tuesday, March 17th, through Tuesday, March 31st, all programs and park permits have been canceled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All buildings will remain closed to the public during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check morrisparks.net for updates

Friends of Historic Speedwell's cover photo
01/03/2020

Friends of Historic Speedwell's cover photo

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01/03/2020

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Some additional wassailing photos from the end of the weekend.  Thanks to all our guests who helped us end the 2019 seas...
12/11/2019

Some additional wassailing photos from the end of the weekend. Thanks to all our guests who helped us end the 2019 season with some great wishes for next year!

12/07/2019

It wouldn't be Speedwell without dancing.

The sleigh is decorated and ready for your photo op!
12/07/2019

The sleigh is decorated and ready for your photo op!

We already have some wassailing in the Vail House!
12/07/2019

We already have some wassailing in the Vail House!

12/06/2019

Will you be visiting us this weekend for Currier and Ives? Wassail as in days of old! Sing a carol at the door to the Vail House and win a prize! (while supplies last)

Check out our new pet hospitality station!
07/19/2019

Check out our new pet hospitality station!

Please check out this article about the good work that one of our partners is doing:  https://morristowngreen.com/2019/0...
07/19/2019
Pastor appeals for help to keep Morristown’s Table of Hope soup kitchen open for summer | Morristown Green

Please check out this article about the good work that one of our partners is doing: https://morristowngreen.com/2019/07/05/pastor-appeals-for-help-to-keep-morristowns-table-of-hope-soup-kitchen-open-for-summer/

FaithFront Page NewsHelping HandsPastor appeals for help to keep Morristown’s Table of Hope soup kitchen open for summer The Table of Hope serves the community on weeknights from 5:30 to 7:15 pm. Photo: SpringStreetCDC.org By Kevin Coughlin - July 5, 2019 0   It’s barbecue season, when backyard...

200 years ago on April 6, 1819, the United States Steam Ship Savannah arrived in its home port of Savannah, Georgia, aft...
04/07/2019

200 years ago on April 6, 1819, the United States Steam Ship Savannah arrived in its home port of Savannah, Georgia, after leaving New York Harbor on March 28. There, the ship’s captain, Moses Rogers, and his crew made the final preparations for what would be a groundbreaking, never-before-attempted crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a steam-powered vessel.

Parts of the Savannah’s engine was built by none other than ironmaster Stephen Vail and company here at Historic Speedwell. Come celebrate the bicentennial of the Savannah’s voyage with us!

Wednesday-Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-6
Sunday 12-6

https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/historic-speedwell

Join us at Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told – on ...
04/03/2019

Join us at Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told – on April 26, 2019 in the Paul Robeson’s Campus Center at Rutgers-University Newark. Registration cost is $20 + processing fee and can be done at our Eventbrite page.
Find more information at https://untoldhistories.org/

03/14/2019

Join us for the first session of our digital book club! For the April Speedwell Goes...program, we will be reading Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos. You can find it at your local library, read it for free online at Project Guttenberg, or listen to it for free on LibriVox. More information about the discussion site will follow. :) if you have any questions, please email [email protected]

A couple "oldies but goodies" camp photos (2008 and 2010) to celebrate National S'Mores Day!  #smelfie #nationalsmoresda...
08/10/2018

A couple "oldies but goodies" camp photos (2008 and 2010) to celebrate National S'Mores Day! #smelfie #nationalsmoresday

August Open Hearth Cooking featured an Inventive Kitchen.
08/05/2018

August Open Hearth Cooking featured an Inventive Kitchen.

Our "Family Dinner" feast from yesterday:  Lettuce Peas and Forcemeat Balls, Glazed Strawberries (a favorite of Stephen ...
07/08/2018

Our "Family Dinner" feast from yesterday: Lettuce Peas and Forcemeat Balls, Glazed Strawberries (a favorite of Stephen Vail's), and Cocoanut Cake and Corn Bread (recipes from the Vail Family cookbook)

Open Hearth cooking for June-Washington's Birthday featuring Elizabeth Eppes' Washington Cake.
06/02/2018

Open Hearth cooking for June-Washington's Birthday featuring Elizabeth Eppes' Washington Cake.

Black Community Organizations of Morris County Calendar
06/01/2018

Black Community Organizations of Morris County Calendar

Juneteenth celebration will be held in Morristown on June 9th at 10am

To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, the theme for May's open hearth cooking was "Staff Favorites."  By re...
05/15/2018

To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, the theme for May's open hearth cooking was "Staff Favorites." By request, we made Sally Lunn Bread and an apple tart.

Our feast from yesterday's open hearth cooking demonstration.  From left to right: cranberry preserves, spoon bread, chi...
04/22/2018

Our feast from yesterday's open hearth cooking demonstration. From left to right: cranberry preserves, spoon bread, chicken pie, and pound cake.

Had a great time cooking with students this morning.  This is all that's left of the tea, coconut cake, shrewsbury cakes...
03/29/2018

Had a great time cooking with students this morning. This is all that's left of the tea, coconut cake, shrewsbury cakes, poached pears, and biscuits with butter. Hard work is delicious! :)

New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC
03/15/2018

New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC

In today's weekly grantee spotlight, we hear from the Morris County Park Commission which utlizes NJHC general operating funds to provide accessible facilities, stewardship, educational programs, and so much more in support of the public. Read the spotlight and check out photos of programs hosted at MCPC's terrific historic sites: www.discovernjhistory.org.

Check out these pictures from a recent school trip we hosted! Students came and learned how gears and simple machines wo...
10/29/2017

Check out these pictures from a recent school trip we hosted! Students came and learned how gears and simple machines worked in our "Gears Galore" program!

If your class is interested in exciting #STEAM and #STEM themed interdisciplinary school programs call 973.285.6537 or email [email protected]!

#SchoolTrip #FieldTrip

Check out these great pictures from our craft last weekend, "Botany Silhouettes"
09/24/2017

Check out these great pictures from our craft last weekend, "Botany Silhouettes"

Address

333 Speedwell Ave
Morristown, NJ
07960

General information

Historic Speedwell's Hours of Operation: April - June Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM July - October Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM Sundays, Noon - 5 PM

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(973) 285-6550

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I have a question ....I am a direct descendant of Thomas Vail >> Stephen Vail >>George Vail was my Gr.Gr. Grandfather, >> Mary Louise my Gr. Grandmother .......I was always told that the Vails came over on the Speedwell. I have since learned .... the Vails missed the boat, so to speak. What ship did they come over on.? They evidently landed in Salem, MA. Can you give me the answer or who/.where do I have to call.??I Thank you.
Open hearth cooking at Historic Speedwell is one of the most fun program where children learn to cook in the era of 1800s. Not only do they have to work as a team(s) but they also have a chance to experience hands-on with preparing a meal. The staff along with Maressa's leadership is tremendous! Two thumbs up and 5 stars to them!
Open hearth cooking at Historic Speedwell is one of the most fun program where children learn to cook in the era of 1800s. Not only do they have to work as a team(s) but they also have a chance to experience hands-on with preparing a meal. The staff along with Maressa's leadership is tremendous! Two thumbs up and 5 stars to them!
Thank you Friends of Historic Speedwell for recognizing me with the Friends of History Award. Looking forward to Thursday event. https://www.facebook.com/ProvidentBank/posts/1500272010052441
Good to know that this county park is open today while state parks are closed!!