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The Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is one of the greatest historic treasures within Lee County.

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio.

Edison visited Fort Myers for the first time in March 1885 where he became very interested in the botanical growth offered in southwest Florida. Specifically, Edison was interested in bamboo; carbonizing the bamboo fibers and using them as filaments for his incandescent lightbulb. Within 24 hours Edison purchased 14 acres of property along the Caloosahatchee and built two beautiful winter homes complete with an electric laboratory and botanical gardens.

In 1896 Edison became friends with Henry Ford. Ford would visit during the winters and in 1916, bought his own property next to Edison.

Thomas Edison died October 18, 1931 at 84 years old. He is credited with holding 1,093 patents and holds the record as being the only person in our country ever to have a patent granted every year for sixty-five consecutive years, 1868 to 1933.

Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers can enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, beautiful gardens, Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Estates Museum. The newly restored Edison buildings include the Mian House, Guest House and Caretaker's House. The 1929 historic landscape is evident throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Estates Museum has an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.

In addition to providing the opportunity to explore the winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the site offers opportunities for the public to enjoy its park like environment for special events, weddings, corporate functions, meetings, exhibits and ongoing educational programming. Throughout the year, the National Register Historic Site, Florida Historic Landmark and Winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Restoration Award offers visitors of all ages a chance to step back into "old Florida" and learn more about the world through unique historical, scientific and cultural experiences.

Open Daily 9AM - 5:30PM. Guided and self-guided tours and audio tours available in English & German. Maps available in English, German, French and Spanish.


Edison Ford Winter Estate
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
(239) 334-7419
http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/

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