WEST ORANGE, NJ – In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Thomas Edison National Historical Park will join national park sites around the country in opening its doors to the public free of charge for a full day of family-friendly fun.

“A fee free day is a great opportunity to discover new programs and new stories,” said,” said Superintendent Thomas E. Ross. “For those who have never visited before, it’s a great way to see what the park has to offer.”

Regular programs will begin at 10 a.m. at the Laboratory Complex, located at 211 Main Street, with special “Fall Family” activities taking place at Glenmont—the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison—in Llewellyn Park between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 pm.

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Activities at the Glenmont estate include tours of the 29-room Queen Anne Style Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage, which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1911 and 1914 Detroit Electrics, 1922 Model T and the Brewster belonging to Charles Edison. 

Water-color paintings and obstacle course races will also be available on the lawn along with Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, yoga, a paper airplane challenge, and a presentation about about macro invertebrate and water quality. Participants are also invited to explore the 15-acre estate, garage, greenhouse, and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison.

All activities are free and reservations are not required. Visitors wanting to visit Glenmont must pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center on Main Street.