Edison Ford Closing for Hurricane Irma

09/05/2017

Media Contacts:
Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Public Relations Coordinator
239-334-7419
Edison Ford Closing for Hurricane Irma
 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 5, 2017) -- Edison & Ford Winter Estates is prepared for the possible threat of Hurricane Irma hitting Southwest Florida. The site will be closed to visitors on Thursday, September 7 and will remain closed through Monday, September 11. Updates will be available on our Web site.

At the beginning of hurricane season, storm shutters were placed on many of the buildings and on windows of the historic homes not used for viewing. Today, additional storm panels are being placed on homes and other structures. Fragile, high-priority items are being removed from the historic structures and moved to the museum where possible. Antique automobiles are being moved to offsite storage. Porch furniture is being moved inside and Mina Edison's piano in the Edison house has been moved to the museum. 

Care is also taken to protect the historic gardens. Throughout the year, horticulturists and landscaping specialists conduct stormscaping to minimize damage to all trees and shrubs. Detailed records are documented, including inventory and photographs of plants and trees prior to any storms.


Edison Ford will continue normal tour operations through September 6; however, visitors are advised to bring umbrellas or other rain gear. If there is lightning within a 12-mile radius or a severe weather warning, Edison Ford will close the river side of the property and suspend tours of the grounds. Guests may remain in the museum and lab until weather threats have passed.
 For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.