Samuel Morse at Locust Grove

While no furnishings survive from the Morse family’s years at Locust Grove, the Museum Pavilion is the home of a permanent exhibit that explores Samuel Morse’s two careers, first as an artist and later as the inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code.  Original works of art, including portraits, landscapes, drawings and sculpture from all phases of his career illustrate the range of his talent.  In the Telegraph Gallery, reproductions of Morse’s early telegraph models introduce visitors to the electromagnetic telegraph.  The exhibition continues to chronicle the development of telegraph equipment through the early 20th century and is part of Locust Grove’s school field trip programs.