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Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates
© The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
The winter home of Thomas A. Edison, beautifully poised along the Caloosahatchee River, is one of the greatest historic treasures within Lee County. In 1885, Thomas Edison first visited Florida. He purchased property along the Caloosahatchee River and built a vacation home. The vernacular structure, completed in 1886 and dubbed "Seminole Lodge" by the Edisons, served as a winter retreat and work place for the prolific inventor until his death in 1931.
Enter a world unlike one you've ever seen when you visit the winter estate of Thomas Edison. Gracious furnishings and stylish architecture take you back to a bygone era, yet there are innovations never seen... even in modern homes.
Take a tour to see one of Florida's first modern swimming pools, Edison's laboratory where he spent so many hours and conducted his last major experiments, tropical gardens, and an artifact museum.
Location and Admission
Edison & Ford Winter Estates are located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last tour leaves at 4:00 p.m. Admission for the Homes and Garden Tour that also includes the Lab and Museum is $20.00 for adults and children (6-12) $11.00. If you wish to visit the Laboratory and Museum only, admission is $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Seasonal Botanical and Holiday House tours are also available.