Locust Grove (Samuel F. B. Morse House)
From 1852-1972, Locust Grove was the home of Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. The 180 acre property boasts a carriage house, ice house, trails, a flower and vegetable garden, and nature preserve. The house itself features a 15,000 furniture, decorative arts, and painting collection acquired by William and Martha Young (owners of the house after the Morse family). The Young's personal, professional, financial and business papers—including those of their son and daughter—are also preserved at the house, providing a glimpse into the life of a wealthy between the early 1870s-1975. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 and was declared a National Historic Landmark two years earlier.
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