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Thomas Edison Birthplace
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Owner description: Tiny brick house where the inventor Thomas Edison was born.The museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, examples of many of Edison's early inventions, documents, & family mementos.
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

Mary Jo, our tour guide, was very knowledgable and engaging. Interesting information and covered his lifetime and family.

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Reviewed August 10, 2017

Vernon, the young guide, was very well informed and made the guided tour interesting. I learned a lot about Edison, his family, and community life at that time.

Thank Richard M
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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Thank you so much for your positive feedback! Vern is one of our new tour guides this year and he is doing an outstanding job. Please come back and visit us again! Lois J. Wolf

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Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

Great historical sight, knowledgeable and likable guides, as well as within walking distance of a second museum. Scavenger hunt to keep my 9 year old brother happy too. He got some free bubbles out of it.

Thank Austin P
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Reviewed July 30, 2017

Small but interesting. Inexpensive. American history of an amazing man. He was born and raised in this house. Tour guides tell you all about his life and inventions.

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Reviewed July 20, 2017

We decided to stop here on our way home from a trip to Sandusky. After stopping by the office to get our tickets, our guide walked us over to begin the tour of Edison's birthplace. Edison was born here and lived here until he was 7 and his family moved. At that time, the house was sold and ownership changed hands several times. Edison repurchased the home over 50 years after his parents had sold it. After his death, his wife and daughter began to restore the home and opened it as a musuem on what would have been Edison's 100th birthday.

The tour takes you through the four rooms on the main floor as well as two upstairs bedrooms and the downstairs kitchen, as well as a quick look at the back yard which backs up to the canal. The house is filled with items that have been collected from members of the Edison family (some are his parents, it seemed much was his sisters). Other furniture, etc. are not known to have belonged to the Edison's but are period specific. Our guide said the floors were original to the home, but the house has been updated with heating / cooling. Our guide gave us a lot of information on the specific pieces in the house and information about the individuals pictured on the walls. I was surprised to hear her say that little was known about his 3 children from his first marriage because they were sent to live with relatives after his wife's death and his remarriage. A quick search on Google when I got home proved that quite a bit was known about these children, and in fact they had a poor relationship with his 2nd wife and didn't always hold favor with Edison. I'm not sure if the guide said this because she did not know much about them, or if was just a story the didn't want to dive into on the tour, but I think if it's part of his life, it's worth sharing.

The tour lasted roughly 45 minutes and then we went back to the office were we had the office tour, where another guide shared with us some information about the phonographs and other inventions of Edison.

Overall, the tour is well worth the money and is an experience I'm glad we made time for while in the area.

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taedison2014, Director at Thomas Edison Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2017

Thank you so much for your review of your tour......now my job will be to find which of my employees told you that not much is known about Edison's first children! Thank you for coming and for your kind words. Cordially, Lois Wolf

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