Edison Ford Celebrates Edison’s 165thBirthday, February 11



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

Photo: Mr. & Mrs. Edison, Henry Ford tour downtown Fort Myers during one of the many winters they spent at their Southwest Florida estates

Edison Ford Celebrates Edison’s 165thBirthday, February 11

Fort Myers, FL(February 6, 2012)– The Edison & Ford Winter Estates celebrates the 165thbirthday of Thomas Edison with a celebration including cake, entertainment, motorcade and downtown tour with Mr. Edison and friends.
10 a.m. Edison Ford will begin the festivities with a birthday ceremony and students from Edison Park School for the Creative and Expressive Arts performing music from the Edison era. Cake provided by the Edison Ford and the Edison Pageant of Light will be served after the performance. The celebration is free to the public.

11 a.m. Motorcade with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and President Herbert Hoover in antique cars to downtown Fort Myers. Join them on a historical walking tour of downtown with True Tours. Cost for the walking tour is $10.60 and tickets may be purchased at Edison Ford in advance or day of event.

On February 11, 1929, Thomas and Mina Edison, Henry and Clara Ford, Harvey and President Elect Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou and son Herbert Jr., rode through the streets of Fort Myers in honor of the world-famous inventor’s 82nd birthday. A motorcade of six cars carrying the famous visitors, accompanied by the Secret Service and mounted and motorcycled police, were included in the parade. The guests rode from the historic Edison Park neighborhood through downtown Ford Myers and down McGregor Boulevard to Seminole Lodge, Edison’s Florida estate.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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