Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

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Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and their families spent winters on adjacent properties at Edison and 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. For Edison and Ford Winter Estates and beyond, use our Fort Myers tourist route planner to get the most from your Fort Myers vacation.
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  • An interesting reminder of earlier and very different times when great inventors got away to enjoy time with each other  more »
  • I've been to Fort Myers a dozen times but had no idea that Thomas Edison had a home and laboratory there. This is a fabulous place to walk around the beautiful grounds and see the winter homes of Edis...  more »
  • Good way to spend a few hours, beautiful grounds and interesting history. The self guided tour was good as you could go at your own pace & skip crowds.  more »