Street Address
2350 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2368
Fort Myers, FL 33902
phone: 239-334-7419
fax: 239-461-2688
e-mail: mandres@edisonfordwinterestates.org
web: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
Hours
Edison & ford winter Estates
Open daily from 9 - 5:30 and until 9 pm in December. Rentals and events in special evenings. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day.
Sunday - Friday9 AM - 5:30 PM
Admissions
$20 Adults
$11 Children 6-12
NARM, AHS, Time Travelers and AAA discounts honored.
Group rates available, call (239) 334-7419.
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
Lisa Sbuttoni, Marketing and PR Director
Neil Curiel, Marketing Representative
phone: 239-335-3682
Mike Cosden, Chief Operating Officer
Michael Flanders, President and CEO
Matthew Andres, Curatorial Registrar

Description

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site as well as a Florida Historic Landmark. The Site includes 13 historic buildings and 20 acres of tropical gardens as well as a 1927 botanic research lab and a 15,000 square foot museum. The site is open daily from 9-5 and evenings for special events and rentals. The education program is well developed and reaches all ages and interests in history, the arts, culture and science.

Mission

The Mission of the Thomas Edison&Henry Ford Winter Estates is to preserve, protect, interpret and develop the historical buildings, gardens and collections to reflect the life and work of Edison and Ford especially as it relates to Florida history and culture and scientific development.

History

The Estates were donated by Mina Edison to the city of Fort Myers in 1947 for $1. It has undergone a $13 million restoration and is now a world-class resource for education, tourism and historical preservation and 200,000 visitors annually.

Artifacts Collections

The collection includes 13 historic buildings, original furnishings and equipment of the historic families, historic and champion trees, inventions, antique automobiles. Full time curator, archives accessible to public, registrar, conservator.

  • The artifacts collections are comprised of original Edison and Ford family photographs, the historic homes, Edison original furniture and books, antique Ford automobiles, original Edison inventions, artifacts and documents and the Edison botanic research l

Research Collections

homes, lab and gardens include original artifacts and plant material, library collection and archives also includes original materials. All available for research under guidelines of curatorial department.

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Educational Programs

A well developed program is available for students and follows the Florida Standards for history, science, math and reading. In addition a monthly homeschool curriculum as well as summer camp and other creative opportunities in science, the arts and history. Adult programs are primarily in art.

  • The Estates offers summer camps, year-round education classes and science-based performance shows for children of all ages, Director's Tours, art classes for adults, Elderhostel Discovery Days, a Pageant of Light exhibition, traveling exhibitions, school-group tours, Homeschool curriculum, public programs for Father's Day, Arbor Day, Mother's Day High Teas and daily guided tours of the Estates. For more information call (239)334-7419.

Facilities

Lecture Halls

Performance Areas

Governance

Governed by the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates, Inc. A non-profit organization with a twenty member Board of Trustees.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Quarterly newsletter, monthly Member update, monthly Fruits and Flowers listing.

  • Newsletter
  • Member Update
  • Fruits and Flowers

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Restaurant

Group Tours