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Historic Speedwell: Waterwheel House
Historic Speedwell: Waterwheel House
New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award:
$65,225 (1995)
Grant Recipient:
Historic Speedwell

Built in 1829 to power the adjacent Vail Factory, the waterwheel house in Historic Speedwell Village contains one of the last operable overshot waterwheels in New Jersey and is an important reminder of New Jersey's 19th century industrial heritage. The waterwheel house and factory, both National Historic Landmarks, are located on the site of the development of Samuel F.B. Morse's electro-magnetic telegraph in 1838.

The Trust grant helped fund restoration measures designed to bring the waterwheel back into operation and to allow the re-opening of the waterwheel museum. Historic Speedwell's programs feature exhibits, tours and lectures about 19th century industrial heritage and design.

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