The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a world class cultural and educational resource honoring the innovation and creativity of two of America’s most influential individuals – Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.The winter home of Thomas Edison is beautifully located along the Caloosahatchee River. In 1885, Thomas Edison first visited Florida where he purchased the property along the Caloosahatchee River and build a vacation home. Edison’s good friend Henry Ford followed close behind and purchased the neighboring property in 1915. “The Mangoes” was the winter getaway for the Fords. Edison and Ford spent many winters working, talking and even relaxing together in tropical southwest Florida.
At the Edison and Ford Winter Estates you will have the opportunity to visit Edison’s winter home and see furnishings and architecture of a bygone era, yet you will see many innovations which we do not have in the most modern of homes. You can visit the Ford porch, adjacent to the Ford vintage automobile garage and see spectacular riverfront views of the Caloosahatchee River.
Visit the Botanical Gardens located on the Edison Estate to see more than a thousand varieties of plants imported from all over the world, including African sausage trees and Banyan tree, which was believed to be a gift from Harvey Firestone in 1925.
The Botanic Research Laboratory is one of the most absorbing features of the Edison Estate. Here, workers helped Edison in his research on goldenrod as a source of natural rubber. The Laboratory is filled with the original apparatus and equipment Edison used to conduct his rubber research, as well as the cot where Edison took “catnaps” while working in the laboratory.
The Estates Museum inspires imagination, encourages intellectual exploration and stimulates the senses with his seven galleries featuring an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of Florida’s first modern swimming pools, Edison’s laboratory where he spent so many hours and conducted his last major experiments, tropical gardens, and an artifact museum.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Sunday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
(The last tour leaves at 4:00pm)
2350 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Homes & Gardens Tour (Includes Lab & Museum)
Child (6-12) $11.00
Child (6-12) $10.00
Laboratory & Museum Only
Child (6-12) $ 5.00
Child (6-12) $ 1.00
The Estates accepts US currency, checks, Traveler’s Checks, and all major credit cards (Discounts are available for AAA members and Florida Attraction Members)