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Fort Myers

Winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford  were close to each other. Edison bought his property in 1885 when he visited Florida the first time.   His "Seminole Lodge" was used by the family from it's completion in 1887 until it  was deeded to the City of For Myers in 1947 by his wife, Mina, and was opened to the public later that same year..  Edison's museum contains many wonderful inventions of his.  His first  patented invention was an electric vote recorder in 1869. Many of his 1,093 patented items are on display at the Museum.   There is one glass case displaying  the progression of light bulbs he invented.  If you wish to visit the Botanical Gardens, which are 17 acres, plan to enjoy them on a nice sunny day.    

The Ford Estate was purchased by the city in 1988 and opened in 1990.  
Edison Winter Home, Fort Myers
   Courtesy of Ann Winston McGinn
Edison Winter Home - First prefabricated homes in America. Built in Maine in 1885 and shipped to
Florida on 4 sailing schooners. Fort Myers,  Fl.
Edison Winter Home porch                                                Courtesy of Ann Winston McGinn
Edison's porches are 14 feet wide and wrap around three sides of the homes.
Dredging River
Dredging the River between Lake Okeechobee and Fort Myers, Florida  penny post card
Scottie's Coffee Shop & Cabins on Highway 41, Ft. Myers
Courtesy of Hazel Boyd
Scottie's Coffee Shop & Cabins on Highway 41, Ft. Myers
Edison's Model "T" Ford
                                     Courtesy of Ann Winston McGinn
Edison's Model "T" Ford  EdisonWinter Home
Edison Talking Doll
                                      Courtesy of Ann Winston McGinn
Edison Talking Doll invention about 1888, Edison Museum, Fort Myers, Florida
Municipal Yacht Basin, Fort Myers
 Courtesy of Hazel Boyd   [postmark 1951]
Municipal Yacht Basin, Fort Myers  

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