In 1866 and 1867, 19-year-old Thomas Edison rented the left side of this duplex at, now, 729 E. Washington St. in Louisville.
Built in the 1850s, it is one of the few remaining shotgun duplexes in the Butchertown area.
Each day, Edison walked to his job at a Western Union telegraph operator on the current site of the KFC YUM! Center Arena, about eight blocks away.
After having been fired from a similar job in Memphis for working on his experiments during his work shift, he asked permission of the Louisville manager to do so during lulls in telegraph traffic. His request was granted until one day when he accidentally knocked over a jar of acid which he was using for some experiments with electrical batteries. He was summarily fired.
From that point on, he decided to dedicate himself solely to invention. Reportedly, he was pretty good at it, with 1,093 patents registered in his name.
The building is open for guided tours from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday.