Edison & Ford Winter Estates…

6 Jul

On our way back from Sanibel, we stopped by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL.  We had to kill some time before heading to Culver’s for lunch so we looked what was around for us to do that would be cheap since we are Bok Tower Garden Members. (Love their reciprocal program – we save so much money!)  The Edison & Ford Winter Estates were on there so we decided to go. (There are plenty of other things nearby that I want to do, so I feel another Culver’s trip will be in our future!)

We went on a Sunday in the middle of summer. Most of the estates are outside, so you definitely don’t want to go if it’s raining or too hot. We got there around 10 a.m. and it wasn’t too busy. The suggested that we head out to do the outside part soon with our audio guides and come back to do the mini-museum later. We agreed and off we went.

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Edison’s house

It was amazing to see – to think that they only used it for a portion of the year! I would have definitely loved to work for Edison back in the day as he had electricity way ahead of everyone else. You can’t go in the actual estates, but you can go in some of the garage’s and see into the houses. A lot of the furniture is the original in the houses which is neat to see how it withstood time.

fig tree

fig tree

It was a gorgeous place to just walk around, reflect on history, relax, and work up a sweat for our delicious lunch!  It was also neat to see how the two were such close friends and old photos from the time period.

Edison's garage - Ford stored a lot of his vehicles in it.

Edison’s garage – Ford stored a lot of his vehicles in it.

pond area

pond area

Edison's Lab

Edison’s Lab

To get through the entire thing, take some photos, and go through the museum it took us about four hours. It wasn’t bad for the time period, and we were happy to just see a part of history. They apparently due more in depth lab tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays which could be interesting, but it was still neat just to see it all. I wish land and houses were still that cheap as they bought a lot of it for only $200.  However, that was a time in the past and you can’t dwell in it! However, you can definitely learn from it.

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3 Responses to “Edison & Ford Winter Estates…”

  1. Hope at Disneyland July 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    Looks like such a cool place! Also, $200?!!!? Can you imagine! *sigh*

    • faithtrustnpixiedust July 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Right? And it was huge. Although, I’m sure in those days you made like 10 cents or something.

      • Hope at Disneyland July 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

        haha true! If only you could time-machine it back, buy the house and leave a will for yourself to inherit it from yourself in the present. lol I thought it was cool how Ford and Edison were such buds. I had no idea.

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