Experience life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. This National Historic Landmark site preserves the restored estate of Stephen Vail, proprietor of the Speedwell Iron Works. Witness the story of the Vails' once extensive ironworks, located nearby through exhibits and artifacts.
The most significant of the eight historic structures on site is the restored factory, where Stephen's son Alfred worked with Samuel F.B. Morse to perfect the telegraph. It was here on January 11, 1838, where the first successful demonstration of the telegraph changed the course of modern communciations. A new hands-on exhibit experience awaits visitors. Receive guided tours of the Vail House and factory. Visit the wheelhouse, Irownworks exhibit, Granary, gift shop and more.
A full calendar of special event weekends is available. Open: April - June, Wed. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, closed Sun.; July - Oct.: Wed. - Sat., 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. Noon - 5 pm. Last tour begins at 3:30 pm.