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Step Back in Time at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

December 01, 2017

Enjoy Fort Myers the historical way with a stop to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s lasting friendship went so far as to having neighboring vacation homes, and the remaining properties offer so many sights to see! Tour Edison’s Seminole Lodge for a timeless getaway with stunning furnishings and architecture of the early 20th century. And the Mangoes, Henry Ford’s estate, features a classic porch with an unbeatable view of the Caloosahatchee river. Once you’ve explored the interiors, wander through over 20 acres of botanical gardens including more than 1700 plants from six continents—and spot a few trees that were planted during Edison’s time. Plus, historic buildings such as the Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford museum are also on the property and have inventions, artifacts, and special exhibits on display for you to check out. The beauty of these estates, and their surrounding views, makes it clear why Edison and Ford would stay so often.