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“Early Transatlantic Communications”

French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum
Ranked #15 of 45 things to do in Orleans
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

Staffed by volunteers, this museum tells the story of transatlantic communication from the original Morse Code Cables to the present day fiber optic cables that are the backbone of the internet. Check for open hours, well worth a stop.

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

The French Telegraph Company established in 1879 on a bluff in Eastham, Massachusetts. Due to unfavorable conditions on the bluff, the station was moved to Orleans in 1891. From 1890 to 1941, operators received trans-Atlantic communications through a 3,000 mile underwater cable near Brest, France. Messages relayed include Charles Lindbergh’s arrival in Paris, and the fall of Brest to the Germans in 1940. Three stars because I did not see the interior.

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Although it is closed, the signage and house looked nice from the outside. There is a small parking at the back of the house.
Since it is on Main Street and in close proximity to other stores (TJMax, stop and shop) we stopped spent less than 45 min all together

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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Hard to imagine a more modest museum, one that contains a truly impressive collection of "state of the art" (1880s-1930s) telegraphic equipment. Surprising it is not reviewed in the current Michelin Guide - it really is a French-American treasure of what was a vital link between the US and Europe . There is a fine DVD for purchase - and one can watch a DVD as an introduction - but what makes it particularly interesting are the energetic volunteers who will answer any and all of your questions - this really is a labor of love for them, and they all deserve thanks/merci for conserving the equipment and indeed the building that could have been lost to history. There is even a possibility of having the visit conducted in French - just call ahead. Fascinating part of the history of the Cape - should not be missed.

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I must say my husband dragged me to this museum. It is the station for the first international cable between the U S and Europe. It is filled with the original equipment that ran the station. We started off with an informational video about its history which was interesting. It is run by volunteers and I just wished the very personable lady who was our tour guide knew more about the equipment. I left confused but my husband who is more engineer minded, loved it.

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