Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers

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The Edison Ford Museum in Fort Myers, Florida

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida, surprised us, as we knew Thomas Alva Edison so far as an inventor who spent his life mainly dealing with electricity and electrical engineering. Henry Ford was known to us as the founder of the Ford Motor Company. As such, he revolutionized industrial production with the invention of assembly line technology. We expected to find evidence of her life's work at the Edison Ford Museum in Florida on the Caloosahatchee River.

The garden at the Edison Ford Museum
The garden at Edison's Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida




But far from it: their houses, which the friends had built next to each other, give the impression of a garden paradise. There is a garage in which Ford stored its vehicles. Edison's house is furnished with the furnishings of his time: electric light and lightbulbs make his lamps glow. There's an Edison clock on the fireplace. The first toaster is in the kitchen. In his library there is a phonograph on which shellac records once turned their circles. But there is no evidence of the technical genius of the two.



Cycad in the Edison Ford Museum


Edison Ford winter domicile is a garden paradise

Instead, exotic plants from all over the world grow on the property that the two families shared. The reason for this collection of tropical and subtropical plants had to do indirectly with the work areas of the two men. At the beginning of the 20th century they were looking for substitutes for rubber. This should make the USA independent of rubber imports from other regions of the world. Third in this search for substitutes was Harvey Firestone. Their plant-based experimental laboratory can still be viewed today next to the entrance building of the facility.


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Caloosahatchee River
The Edison Ford Museum is on the Caloosahatchee River


Edison Ford Museum on the Caloosahatchee River

However, we prefer to enjoy the gardens with their sausage and kapok trees, the eucalyptus and royal palms, the cycads and the banyan tree and see how the industrial barons once lived. Here, too, we experience a surprise. We expected them to live in palaces, much like the Flaglers, the Vanderbilts or the Astors. However, far from it! The Edison and Ford vacation homes were spacious with lots of rooms. The breeze from the Caloosahatchee River brought freshness through the windows and patio doors. Therefore, they had natural cooling even in the summer months. There is no shortage of space. But that was no wonder at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time Florida was still considered a border country, with which one did not really know what to do with it. Land was cheap to get, and no one lacked space.


Bedroom in Edison's Winter Estate © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Bedroom in the Edison Ford Museum

Edison House Florida

The furnishings in the Edison House Florida appear rather modest. It by no means corresponded to the megalomania that is generally attributed to the industrial barons of that time. Two families who were friends had made themselves comfortable here. In an environment where you can feel comfortable. Ford and Edison came here to accomplish a task, not to celebrate. These two buildings and their garden bear witness to this. These two families weren't concerned with representation. Instead, they wanted to achieve a specific goal. This was a Sisyphean task that took years. This is also confirmed by the kitchen gardens on the site: vegetables and herbs were planted as well as fruit trees of all kinds. There are mangoes, oranges, lemons, papayas, star fruits and more. The Edisons and the Fords loved to feed themselves from their garden. This can be clearly seen in the Edison Ford Museum.


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You ate the products from your own garden © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
You ate the products from your own garden - they still seem to be alive in the Edison Ford Museum


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The Edison Ford Museum, where Henry Ford spent winters

A visit to the Edison & Ford Winter Estate is definitely an opportunity to take a look behind the facade of the inventors and car manufacturers. It shows the unexpected as well as the surprising. For us, the two men lose their aura of genius and become likeable and modest people. However, they pursue their goal with perseverance and work towards it for years. Her life is commemorated in the Edison Ford Museum.


Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd,
Fort Myers, FL 33901,
United States

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn