Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and their families spent winters on adjacent properties at Edison & Ford Winter Estates, which opened to the public in 1947. Explore 8 hectares (20 acres) of land complete with 1929 landscaping, historical architecture, the Edison Botanic Research Lab, and the Edison Ford Museum. Walk through gardens once tended by Mina Edison, filled with bamboo plants, roses, and African Sausage trees, and wonder at the 120 m (400 ft) banyan tree that was planted in the early 20th century. This site offers a rare opportunity to take an intimate look into the homes and lives of two towering figures in American history. Our Fort Myers route planner makes visiting Edison & Ford Winter Estates and other Fort Myers attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The visit to the workshop and the residential estate of Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, is relaxed and interesting. A beautiful garden and very well preserved, typical southern houses with magnificent Verandas. Next to it, the home of Henry Ford, the friend of Edison.
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  • This was our first visit to the Estates, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The grounds and homes are lovely. Amazing that the furniture is original. The light fixtures beautiful. The Museum and Lab were v...  more »
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  • Very interesting and pretty. I hoped to have been able to see more of the homes but it was still pretty cool. You could spend a good 3-4 hrs there if you took your time. Maybe relax and enjoy the grounds/view. I wished I would have brought a book or journal.
  • This place was a highlight of our trip. They offer free admission for military. The grounds were beautiful and the staff was very nice. We did the audio tour and it had a ton of information that really captured your attention. The history of the estate is amazing and not something you would read in history books. This is a must see when in Fort Myers!

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