The Elihu Thomson House is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1889, and formerly home to prolific inventor Elihu Thomson. Thomson was a pioneer in the development electronic devices and co-founded General Electric with Thomas Edison. Now the Swampscott Town Hall, the building is the center of local government and rich in history. Town Selectmen and other town boards meet there. Many who enter the elegant brick Georgian revival mansion pause to enjoy its hardwood floors and unique and ornate interior carvings. Stately portraits painted in oil and historic photographs hang on the walls.