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The Edison Homestead

The Edison Homestead

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Edison Homestead

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

The Edison Homestead

Built about 1815 (with additions ca. 1860), this Edison Homestead was removed from Vienna by Henry Ford to his museum, Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A.
Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The Municipality of Bayham
In Vienna, on Plank Road at Walnut Street
at the south end of the bridge over Otter Creek
at the south end of town

Coordinates: N 42 40.617 W 80 47.548


Plaque Text

On this site stood the home of Samuel Edison, a Loyalist from New Jersey who had moved to Nova Scotia in 1783 and settled here in 1811. During the War of 1812 he served as a captain in the 1st Middlesex Militia. Tradition maintains that this community was named Vienna at his suggestion. One of his sons, Samuel Jr., supported the reform movement in Upper Canada, and after taking part in the Rebellion of 1837, fled to the United States. He settled in Milan, Ohio, where on February 11, 1847, his son, the noted inventor, Thomas Alva Edison was born. As a boy Thomas Edison visited his grandfather here in Vienna.

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1837 Rebellion



Bayham Plaques

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> Posted September 13, 2013
I drove through this beautiful area a few time in the past 2 years. My next goal is to stop and visit this inspiring site. Fascinated with plaques and markers in Ontario.

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