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Edison And Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Boulevard

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The winter home of Thomas A. Edison, beautifully situated along the Caloosahatchee River, is one of the greatest historic treasures within Lee County. In 1885, Thomas Edison first visited Florida. He purchased property along the Caloosahatchee River and built a vacation home. The vernacular structure, completed in 1886 and dubbed "Seminole lodge" by the Edisons, served as a winter retreat and work place for the prolific inventor until his death in 1931.

Edison’s good friend Henry Ford followed close behind and purchased the neighboring property in 1915. "The Mangoes" was the winter getaway for the Fords. Edison and Ford spent many winters working, talking and even relaxing together in tropical southwest Florida.

When you visit "Seminole Lodge" and "The Mangoes" you enter a world unlike any you have ever seen. The furnishings and architecture of these gracious, rambling buildings are reminiscent of a bygone era. The inventive genius of Edison and Ford are evident throughout these 17-acres of riverfront estates.


Mark Stonecipher

Friday, July 6, 2018
A must see in SW, Fl. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Take a guided tour or stroll on your own. Lots to see. It's easy to imagine the estates in times gone bye and how these two very influential men and their families lived in the late 1800's and up to 1932. Don't miss going to the the museum. It is packed with historical auto's and Edison inventions along with great information. I would have loved to fish their pier back then.

cheryl huckabee

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Traveled over 2 hours yesterday to take my son here for educational purposes. They sold us tickets & as soon as we walked across the street to see the house we were told they were shutting it down due to the weather that was coming. We waited for about 3 hours to we finally left. Very disappointed & to me they rip people off. Why would you keep selling tickets to people if you are closing the property up cause the weather? They do not refund either!! She said we can come back within 7 days told her that is impossible since we live in a different state & were leaving the next day. Extremely upsetting to actually burn $$$ that you work hard for, for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! Waste of $$$$ & time all the way around!!!! They need to NOT SELL TICKETS WHEN THEY KNOW THEY ARE GONNA SHUT IT DOWN CAUSE OF WEATHER!!!

David William Fox

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Recommended. Lots of good local and national history. First visited here years ago and went back recently. They've put lots of money and time into restoring this interesting historic site in recent years and it shows.

Joe A

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Authentic, well run. Many Artifacts inc 7 original 1920s cars. Lab is great. Trees on property spectacular.

yvette ly

Saturday, June 2, 2018
If you want to miss the crowds go early. The botanical gardens are soooo worth the price.The museum was pretty dead while of course the houses and gardens were popular. Wheel chair access but with some limitations on the grounds. Overall really beauitful and inspiring to see everything.

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