When you visit the Fort Myers area, there is plenty to see and do. One great area attraction you can see is the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. This can offer great educational and historical facts. Even if you are not into history, this place offers several other opportunities to experience a great time with friends and family. Make sure to look up the days and times they are open. Knowing the hours it is open can help you experience and see everything it has to offer.
The History of 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. He then visited Fort Myers for the first time in March 1885. This is where he became very interested in the botanical growth offered in southwest Florida. Specifically, Edison was interested in bamboo. He wanted to carbonize the bamboo fibers and use them as filaments for his incandescent light bulb. Within twenty four hours Edison purchased fourteen acres of property along the Caloosahatchee and built two beautiful winter homes complete with an electric laboratory and botanical gardens.
Henry Ford visited Fort Myers
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 eighty four years old. He is credited with holding over one thousand 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 twenty acres of historical buildings, beautiful gardens, Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Estates Museum. The newly restored Edison buildings include the Main 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.
Other things to see at while Visiting
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. Make sure to check the schedule and arrive in plenty of time to enjoy all that this place offers. You can also take part in any guided or self-guided tour. There are also audio tours available in English or German. This is a great place visit, no matter what your age is. There is something for everyone to enjoy.