ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida: Photo Tour of the Grounds, Inventions, and Homes

Updated on June 8, 2016
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, great friends and industrialists made their homes in Fort Myers, Florida.
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, great friends and industrialists made their homes in Fort Myers, Florida. | Source
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901:
2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA

get directions

No matter where you are in South Florida, you must visit the splendid winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers. If you are traveling from I 75, you can exit on Martin Luther King Boulevard or from Sarasota south on US 41, take McGregor Boulevard as you cross the Caloosahatchee River. It is easy to find.

Off McGregor Blvd, enter the parking area to the west and the sights begin immediately. A magnificent stand of banyan trees are evident drawing you into the museum area.

Banyan trees beside Edison's laboratory.
Banyan trees beside Edison's laboratory. | Source


Edison did much of his work right on these grounds. His lab and office buildings have been restored and are open to the public. Walking into the museum your eyes meet invention after invention of the very imaginative and creative mind of Thomas Alva Edison. .



Hundreds of items are on display. Below are a few of the most interesting to me. (Photos by author, available from

Once you are finished visiting the museum, be sure to get a listening device in order to get all the interesting information on the buildings and grounds. Now, go across the street to the estates themselves. Here we find the actual houses used by the Edison and Ford families. Lets start with the caretakers house. What a great job that would have been--living on these beautiful grounds, in this great house, in Fort Myers, and with the wonderful Florida climate.

Below is a book I recommend if you are interested in Dr. Edison and his work. The video that follows is quite long, but it is an excellent video to accompany the book. If you are interested in Edison, you won't want to miss it.

Synopsis: "Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion-picture cameras, Thomas Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most famous of all Americans provides a fuller view of Edison’s life and times–revealing not only how he worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age."


The museum and grounds also have a home and remembrances of Henry Ford. Since Edison and Ford were good friends as well as manufacturing innovators, they decided to build winter homes together. The grounds seem to be all one piece and both families spent many winters right here in Fort Myers. While there are many of Edison's memorabilia here, there are only several cars that are representative of the life of Henry Ford.

I enjoy biographies and the one below is quite well written as well as being personal, a combination not usually found in biographies.

Synopsis: "This book is the original autobiographical work by Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. In this book, Ford details how he got into business, the strategies that he used to become a wealthy and successful businessman, and what others can do by learning from the examples he has outlined. This book should be read by small business owners, business students and those interested in the history of the automobile. Henry Ford will take you through a journey of history, business and lessons to be learned from which he used to develop his financial empire."

Below is the best video I've seen on Henry Ford presenting his good and bad qualities. Watch it when you have enough time to see it all. I think it will be worth it.

Can you imagine buying this car for $650!
Can you imagine buying this car for $650! | Source
Here are a couple of vehicles shown on the grounds.
Here are a couple of vehicles shown on the grounds. | Source


The first home you come to is the caretaker's home, a typical Florida Cracker home. However, it has several "modern" conveniences that you will want to see.

Not many homes had a swimming pool in those days, but here is one that offers freshwater fun with ocean views, side by side. You'll also want to learn about the many ingenious facilities Edison and Ford worked into the water system.

Edison had a small, cozy office which has been restored to perfection as has all of the houses. Since all the structures are completely furnished as they were in the 1920s, they are open to look into, but you cannot enter them.

Moving on across the grounds we find the main residences. These two homes are magnificent examples of early Florida houses with the rear facing out over the bay,

Edison's home facing the street
Edison's home facing the street
The Ford home facing the bay
The Ford home facing the bay
Inside Edison's home
Inside Edison's home
Inside Ford's home
Inside Ford's home


If you are a plant lover, you are going to love these grounds. There are flowers everywhere. Here are just a few of the dozens of plants in every direction.

You can wander and wonder to your heart's content, and it will take quite awhile until it is content. You'll not want to miss the Florida estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

© 2011 Wes Rouse


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • wesrouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Wes Rouse 

      7 years ago from North Port

      Thanks Lynda: Please feel free to publish your own. I'm sure it will have a different slant. And, the place deserves as much publicity as it can get. It's a great place to visit. Wes

    • lmmartin profile image


      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Ha, you beat me to it. I was just sorting out the photos I took of my grandson there, preparing for a hub. And now that you've done such a good job, I'll let that idea go. Isn't it a marvelous place, so full of history. And I particularly enjoy the gardens.

      Nice to meet you. Also in North Port. Lynda


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)