Private Party Options
Step back into “Tropical old Florida” at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and experience the beauty of Fort Myers that won the hearts of two of the greatest American inventors. Enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings and tropical gardens that comprise both estates, as well as Edison’s Botanic Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. The 1929 historic landscape is evident throughout the property, including Mina Edison’s award-winning Moonlight Garden. Guests will be surrounded by royal palms, historic bamboo, orchids, countless other tropical plants, and old Florida homes along the Caloosahatchee River. With several indoor and outdoor locations available, it’s not difficult to see why the Edison Ford is the perfect location for any private event.
The Estates are available for...
Awards Ceremonies and Special Receptions
Bridal and Baby Showers
Private Luncheons & Dinners
Tour and Lunch Packages
The Edison Ford Museum has an impressive collection of inventions and artifacts, special exhibitions, historical photographs and archives. It is comprised of multiple galleries and countless conversation starters. The Museum is only available for evening events.
Edison's Coconut Grove
The Caloosahatchee River was, and remains, an important part of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. It provided the region with the primary transportation for most of its history. Dozens of coconut palm trees are scattered throughout this tropical lawn that overlooks the river. A bit off the beaten path, the Coconut Grove makes for a wonderful location for an outdoor daytime event.
The Caretaker’s House
The Caretaker’s House is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Myers, and the oldest structure at the Edison Ford. The building sits adjacent to the Edison Swimming Pool and Tea House. Today, the newly restored house provides a quaint indoor space with porches and grassy lawns for small gatherings, baby and bridal showers, cocktail receptions and private luncheons.
Ford’s Riverside Lawn
The Riverside Lawn is available for daytime and evening tented events. The Caloosahatchee River is a sight to see at sunset. Events extending into the evening are filled with magic and romance as the breathtaking colors are painted across the sky and reflected on the water. Sail boats are passing by, the fish are jumping and the occasional dolphin is seen playing.
Special tours, educational programs, and Edison Ford publications are also available to make your event unique. Edison Ford Event staff can provide additional information on additional opportunities including, but not limited to:
The mission of Edison & Ford Winter Estates is to preserve, protect, and interpret the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. In managing supplementary events and special programs, it is important to recognize the site’s basic commitment to protecting the historic property, as well as daytime public access. The Edison Ford property is not available for outside fundraising, political, or organized religious events or any event that is not in compliance with the Edison Ford mission.
- Private Party Rates (148.4 KB .pdf)
- Edison Ford Event Guidelines (641.6 KB .pdf)
Please remember the Edison & Ford Winter Estates exists for the benefit of the public, which may place constraints on the property and its availability. We appreciate your understanding of the extra care and occasional cost involved to insure our properties are available for public enjoyment.