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Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Homes
After collapsing from exhaustion in 1885, some six years after inventing the electric light bulb, Thomas Edison was advised by his doctor to find somewhere with a mild climate where he could spend his winters. Upon taking a vacation in Florida he purchased 14 acres in Fort Myers and built a simple home and laboratory.
Edison’s good friend, Henry Ford, followed close behind and purchased the neighbouring property. When you visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates you enter a world of fine period furnishings and the architecture of these gracious, rambling buildings are reminiscent of a bygone era. The inventive genius of the pioneering pair are evident throughout these 17-acres of riverfront estates.
Located next door is the very modest winter home of Henry Ford. Mostly unremarkable, the garden does contain the largest tree in Florida – a Banyan tree grown from seed by Thomas Edison.