Edison Ford Director's Tour to Clewiston

03/05/2012

Media Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Photo: Historic levy construction, Director's Tour to Clewiston on March 16

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Director’s Tour
Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee – March 16, 2012

Fort Myers, FL (March 5, 2012) Experience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Florida’s most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with President & CEO Chris Pendleton, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; Phil Flood, South Florida Water Management District; Hunter Lathan, Clewiston Chamber, Sugarland Tours; and Butch Wilson, Director Clewiston Museum.

About a hundred years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, fishing spots, and recreation. The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study agriculture and manufacturing and certainly learned about famous architect John Nolan’s plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as “the city on the lake.” Henry Ford purchased nearby Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans, and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways.

Plans for the day include a windshield tour of the sugar factory, then on to the historic Herbert Hoover Dike followed by a lecture, lunch with Clewiston Mayor Rich Miller and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from mammoths to prisoner of war camps, sugar cane agriculture and plans for the city). Wilson will take the group through areas not open to the public including USSC sugar factory and a large organic farm. The tour will finish up at STA #5 with the experts for birding and Florida hydrology. The annual Hendry Glades Audubon Festival is in March so it should be wonderful for bird watching. Cost: Edison Ford Members: $90, Volunteers: $85; non members $95. Call 239-334-7419 for reservations. Includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours and refreshments.

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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