Not Many People Realize There's An Incredible Piece Of American History Hiding Just Outside Of Cleveland
By Nikki Rhoades|Published March 31, 2019
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is — she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
Ohio is home to some spectacular and surprising history. It was here that the modern drinking straw was invented, and it is here that the only Major League Baseball player killed by injuries sustained during a baseball game is buried. Margaret Hamilton, the famous Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz was born here. So, too, was silent film actress Lillian Gish. If you look back even farther in local history, you’ll find that one of the nation’s most esteemed inventors also started his life right here in Northern Ohio, and his birthplace is now an incredible museum.
Ohio is home to an incredible amount of history, but it’s still astonishing to consider that many are unaware that Thomas Alva Edison began his life so close to Cleveland. Who do you want to visit this museum with? Tag them in the comments and let’s start planning a road trip!
The Thomas A. Edison Birthplace Museum is located at 9 N Edison Dr., Milan, OH 44846 and is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the museum’s website here and follow along on the Edison Birthplace Association’s Facebook page here.