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Do you know the home of the electric telegraph? This electric device that revolutionized the communications technology during the 18th century calls the Speedwell Ironworks Village its home. Also known as the Speedwell Village, this little community is located just north of Morristown, New Jersey.

The ironworks was established during the early 1800s by pioneer Stephen Vail. This site was a booming agricultural and industrial manufacturing center, producing materials for railroad locomotives and most of the machineries for the SS Savannah, the first steamship to embark on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.

The village is also where the old Factory Building can be found. It was constructed by Stephen Vail upon his retirement. This factory building was the site where the first public demonstration of the electric took place on January 11, 1838. The Factory, along with the whole Speedwell Village, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
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