It wasn't a negative experience though as we were able to talk to a bunch of people from the church and get to know them better. Everyone said it had to be the first time in this church that something like this happened as they are normally much more organized. I told them we probably brought that and the rain on!
|Thomas Alvin Edison Museum|
|Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace|
|Our Guide in the Museum|
|Edison Always Took A Bunch of Notes|
We found out that there are a few of his original light bulbs that are still burning today. There is one in the fire station in Milan. Edison learned that in order to sell them he had to build in obsolescence so he changed the filament from bamboo to tungsten steel and they are still made that way. The fire station in Milan never shuts off the light because what will cause to quit is shutting it off and on.
Then we had a guided tour of the home. It looks really small from the front but it a three story from the back. The kitchen is in the basement. The house is very close to the old three mile canal that was used to bypass the river that was unnavigable for that short distance. In the 1840's Milan was the second largest grain shipper in the world, second only to Odessa, Russia. It was their Golden Age. Unfortunately, as larger and larger ships came into being the canal was less useful. Also the Railroad was coming into the area. Milan had the opportunity to have the railroad go through town but the town elders decided they didn't need it so the railroad went to Norwalk which south of Milan. Their prosperity ended because of that decision. Nothing is as certain as change!
|The Master Bedroom|
Edison's wife and daughter restored the house to its appearance in the 1840's and it opened in 1947 on the centennial of Thomas Edison's birth. The home and museum still have Edison family representation on the Board of the Edison Birthplace Association who own and operate the birthplace in memory of Thomas Alva Edison.