Edison & Ford Winter Estates Celebrates 130th Anniversary of Lighting the Site with Grand Re-opening


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Edison & Ford Winter Estates Celebrates 130th Anniversary of Lighting the Site with Grand Re-opening
Lee County Residents Receive $5 off Admission
 FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 17, 2017) -- Thomas Edison first lit his Fort Myers winter home with electric lights 130 years ago. On that night, the entire town of 349 residents lined the sidewalk to see the lights. To celebrate the anniversary, the site is hosting a special grand re-opening event on November 3 from 5-8 p.m. The entire site will be open for specialty tours and presentations and the historic Banyan will be decorated with lights.
(TOP) History characters Mr. and Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford work on the circuit activity in the new Spark!Lab at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
(BOTTOM) Visitors walk along the new Timeline of Innovation in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates museum.
Visitors and members are invited to tour the site, see the new museum exhibits and enjoy refreshments. Mayor Randy Henderson, Councilman Mike Flanders and Lee Golden, chairman of the Edison Ford board of trustees will speak starting at 6:45 p.m. Living history characters of Mr. and Mrs. Edison and Mr. and Mrs. Ford will be on site for photo opportunities. 

Visitors will be able to see the entire site, including the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, caretaker's houses, Edison's study, the 15,000-square-foot inventions museum and the National Chemical Landmark botanic research laboratory on more than 20 acres of gardens. A tour of the historic homes and gardens will be offered at 5:30pm, and special generator presentations will be offered inside the museum.

Also in the museum are two new exhibits: the Smithsonian Spark!Lab exhibit and the Timeline of Innovation. The Smithsonian Spark!Lab is a hands-on, interactive exhibit for families and children. A series of rotating stations with themes from vehicle construction to understanding sound waves will challenge visitors to place themselves in the mindset of an inventor. 

The Timeline of Innovation is a chronological exhibit of both Edison's and Ford's major inventions. The timeline highlights achievements in dozens of fields and showcases some of the most interesting artifacts. It also depicts how Edison, Ford and others built on earlier innovations to create their own inventions.
Lee County residents will receive $5 off admission with valid photo identification. For tour times or more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
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.