The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Museum are well worth the $25 per person fee to have a guided tour! This Banyan tree, one of the largest in the U.S., was planted by Edison on the 20 acres where the Estates, Museum and gardens are located.
Thomas Edison purchased the property in 1885 because bamboo trees are plentiful and he used them in his light bulbs to extend their life. He built two homes on the property. Henry Ford was one of his good friends and bought the property next door. They’re located on the Caloosahatchee River. They both loved nature and planted a wide variety of flowers, trees and plants.
The views are gorgeous!
The entire place is camera friendly and although you’re prohibited from entering the homes, there are areas to view some of the rooms.
As you can see, they’ve decorated for the holidays.
The museum was impressive…not only with the knowledge it conveys, but also in its aesthetic nature.
An “electric pen” looks like fun!
There were lots of family photos and movies to watch. Edison was a workaholic, so it’s nice to see him enjoying time with his family.
My “artsy” shot…
Hope you enjoyed your “virtual” tour! Bye, bye!
- Does This Test Tube Hold Thomas Edison’s Last Breath? (slate.com)
- Artist Stephen Hayford completes diorama of Edison Botanical Laboratory (examiner.com)
- 1878 Thomas Edison Audio Unveiled (abcnews.go.com)
- Researchers recover Edison audio from 1878 (metronews.ca)