Thomas Edison House
Backstory and Context
in Louisville's historic Butchertown neighborhood, rooms in the house at 729
East Washington Street were rented to a 19-year-old Thomas Edison just after
the end of the Civil War. The home itself is a shotgun duplex dating to the
1850s, and one of the few remaining in the area. Edison lived for Louisville
for a year and a half, working as a telegraph operator for Western Union and
conducting experiments at home in his spare time. He was fired for spilling
acid at work, and moved to New Jersey in 1867. He returned to Louisville in
1883 for the Southern Exposition opening, which featured 4,600 of his
incandescent lights. The Butchertown Edison house displays Edison inventions
including phonographs, incandescent bulbs, and motion picture equipment.
2. Kentucky Historical Society. Historical Marker Database:
Jefferson County. Accessed March 10, 2017. http://migration.kentucky.gov/kyhs/hmdb/MarkerSearch.aspx?mode=County&county=56.