Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace

Edison Dr., Milan, Ohio

Photos 

Thomas A. Edison Birthplace

1. Historic American Buildings Survey, Carl F. Waite, Photographer April, 1934 SOUTH ELEVATION.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

This small brick cottage was the birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), one of America's most illustrious inventors. Although he left here in 1854, Edison cherished the memory of this house; in 1906, he acquired it from his sister. Edison was one of America's most illustrious inventors. His accomplishments in the development of the telegraph and telephone are legion, and in 1929 Congress awarded him a gold medal for his contributions to mankind. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 12, 1965

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000608
NR name
Edison, Thomas Alva, Birthplace
Area of significance
Invention
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1847; 1854

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