Plan your next group trip to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and get in touch with your inner genius. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a unique combination of history and science that can be found nowhere else. This National Register Historic Site is one of the top most visited historic home sites in the nation. There are many different options to explore the nine historic buildings, the 1929 historic landscape and the 15,000 square foot museum filled with hundreds of inventions and artifacts, special exhibit galleries and documentaries about the famous inventors.
Step back in time as you imagine Fort Myers as it was before Thomas Edison arrived. Learn how Edison changed Fort Myers from a cattle town with 350 residents with no roads, electricity, or railroads into what it is today. See one of the largest Banyan Trees in the United States. Return to the 1920s as you walk through the nation’s only historic Botanic Research Laboratory where Edison, Ford and Firestone planted and researched more than 14,000 plants to find a source of natural rubber which could be planted in this country and commercially produced for uses in the automobile industry, factories, airplanes and other wartime needs.
The site itself is full of inventions and thoughtful utilization of natural resources with artesian wells, water cisterns and fire systems that showed how the two inventors and their families used what was available to create their winter homes in southwest Florida more than a century ago. Your group can enjoy a botanical garden tour with horticulturists, guided tour with experienced site historians and docents, a behind-the-scenes tour with Edison Ford curatorial staff, or get slimy with our Wild Wizard. No matter whether your group arrives for a Tour & Lunch or a Home School Wild Wizard Science Presentation, a visit to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will inspire you, refresh you and show you why Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are two of the most influential figures in American history.
Book your Group Tour today! For group tour information call the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 or submit the Groups Inquiry Form. INQUIRY ONLY - MUST SPEAK WITH ESTATES REPRESENTATIVE TO MAKE RESERVATION.
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