Edison Homestead, The

On this site stood the home of Samuel Edison, a Loyalist from New Jersey who had moved to Nova Scotia in 1783 and settled here in 1811. During the War of 1812, he served as a captain in the 1st Middlesex Militia. Tradition maintains that this community was named Vienna at his suggestion. One of his sons, Samuel Jr., supported the reform movement in Upper Canada, and after taking part in the Rebellion of 1837, fled to the United States. He settled in Milan, Ohio where, on February 11, 1847, his son, the noted inventor Thomas Alva Edison, was born. As a boy, Thomas Edison visited his grandfather here in Vienna.


On the grounds of the former homestead, near Otter Creek, Highway 19, southwest of Vienna

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Elgin

Municipality: Municipality of Bayham