Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 33901


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The Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a historical museum and 21 acre botanical garden on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford beside the Caloosahatchee River. 

Historic homes on the property include Seminole Lodge, made up of the Edison Main House, Guest House, Caretaker's House, Swimming Pool Complex and Edison's Study;  Henry Ford's Winter Estate (Mangoes) and Caretaker's Cottage. 

Edison's botanical garden contains more than a 1700 varieties of plants from around the world, including African Sausage Trees and a 400-foot (120 m) banyan tree planted in the mid-1920s. Also featured in the 20 landscaped acres are roses, orchids and bromeliads, and a Moonlight garden. In 2017 Hurricane Irma damaged the gardens.

There is also a museum with exhibits that explore the legacies of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Edison Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site and received the Award of Excellence for restoration from both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The site is a Florida Historic Landmark and in 2012, the American Institute of Architects' Florida Chapter placed the Estates on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.