Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Back in 1885 Thomas Edison purchased property in Fort Myers Florida, to build a vacation home. His home was finished in 1886 and was called the Seminole Lodge. Henry Ford, Edison;s good friend purchased the property next door in 1916 called the Mangoes. Edison and Ford would spend every winter in their Florida homes. They were the original snow birds. In 1947, long after Edison’s passing, his wife Mina deeded the property to the City of Fort Myers in memory of her husband. Soon after that it was opened to the public. In 1988 Ford’s estate was sold and opened for tours in 2000. By the time 2003 rolled around both properties were transferred by the city to a new non-profit corporation called the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers many things to their visitors. There are 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Ford Museum, and the Edison Botanic Research Lab. The Edison House, Guest House, Caretaker’s House and the Ford House all have been newly restored. The Edison Ford Museum has an impressive collections of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits. There is a choice between self guided audio tours available in English, German, French, and Spanish, or you could take a guided tour hosted by one of the sites historians and docents.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates also hosts several events through out the year, as well as private parties, weddings and corporate events. They are opened daily from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. For more information on the Edison & Ford Winter Estates visit their website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org . After you visit, tell us about. We would love to know what you enjoyed most about the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.