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Place Yourself in the Homes of Two Iconic Historical Figures During an Informative Tour

Do you enjoy exploring history? The Edison and Ford families left an incredible legacy in the small town of Fort Myers, Florida, where the two celebrated innovators spent their winters. The estates contain a historical museum on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford beside the Caloosahatchee River in southwestern Florida.

World-renowned inventor, Thomas Edison, and his friend and business partner, Ezra Gilliland, traveled to Florida in the winter of 1885 looking for a place to relax and warm weather. The estate would eventually become known as Seminole Lodge. Here, the Edison family enjoyed swimming, boating, shelling, and other outdoor activities.

Automobile magnate, Henry Ford, developed a deep friendship with Thomas Edison that began with Ford working for the Detroit Edison Illuminating Company in the 1890s. In 1914, the Ford family first visited the Edisons in Fort Myers, and in 1916, Ford purchased the property next door to Seminole Lodge. Ford’s Craftsman bungalow estate, The Mangoes, included lush grounds brimming with citrus on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

Led by enthusiastic Site Historians, the tour includes the historic homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families, as well as admission into the museum and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. The site provides a unique opportunity to step back in time and explore the lives and legacies of two American icons!

This event promises to be a fun time! Join your family, friends, and neighbors of Channelside Apartments in Fort Myers, Florida and see what all the buzz is about!

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, March 28, 2019—9::00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida

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