Petting Zoo Returns to Edison Ford


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director

Petting Zoo Returns to Edison Ford
FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 6, 2016) -- The petting zoo has been such a hit with area children that Edison & Ford Winter Estates will have the animals back onsite at the end of the month. Kids will have the chance to pet a goat, duck, chicken, pig, sheep, calf and rabbit. This is a great learning experience for children that may not otherwise have exposure to farm animals. 

Thomas Edison had several animals at his winter estate. Like most working farms, he had dogs and cats, plus a cow, horse and many chickens. Reportedly, he drank a lot of milk so he purchased a cow in 1908. He used a horse to pull the lawn mower and for transportation into town. He also had a lot of chickens and sold the eggs at the nearby market. In 1917, Edison had more than 60 chickens living on the property. 

The petting zoo will be set up in the Heritage Gardens at the Garden Shoppe. Seating is available on the nearby covered museum porch that has ceiling fans. Parking is available in the main parking lot off McGregor Boulevard and along Larchmont Avenue. 

Upcoming petting zoo dates include July 31, August 28, September 25 and October 30. The petting zoo runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $1.00 per child. 

For additional information, call 239-334-7419.



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. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at