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Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Featured in Grandeur

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 26th

grandeur logoThe May 2016 edition, the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops is featured in Grandeur, a magazine publication of the News-Press. Grandeur is a beautiful magazine with distribution throughout the region to subscribers and news stand locations such as Publix.

Items featured are art and furnishings as well as books and other unique products of Edison Ford. The Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops is open during Bell Tower Shops hours and is located on the north end of the mall near Williams-Sonoma. The phone at the Bell Tower Shops is 239-433-0054.bell tower shoppe teas and jellies area

bell tower shoppe entrance

River Pavilion Update on the April 13 Groundbreaking

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 26th

We were honored to have a large turnout of interested folks and elected officials for the official groundbreaking, including the offices of State Legislator Lizbeth Benacquisto (the Senator herself), as well as representatives from the offices of US Congressman Clawson, US Senator Nelson, US Senator Rubio and others. Pictured below is the happy group: Florida Senator Benacquisto, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Edison Ford President Chris Pendleton, Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi, and Edison Ford Trustee and Lee County School Board Member Jeanne Dozier.

pavilion groundbreaking group

Children’s Audio Tour on Tap Beginning This Summer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 25th

kid with audio playerWe are pleased to announce our NEW audio tour customized for children, students and families. Thomas Edison himself along with some youngsters are the narrators and it is an engaging program that kids will find to be challenging and fun.

bill frye with audio playerIf Bill Frye in Visitor Services looks happy it is because we all are excited to offer this new tour option. Look for Bill at the ticket counter and ask for the new student audio wand when you begin your tour in the museum.

Our visiting and resident family groups keep growing and growing, and this will be a great addition to our program. So be sure to check it out this summer!

Hold Your Corporate Event at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 21st

Are you looking for a place to hold a corporate event, business luncheon or even a holiday party? All year long businesses choose Edison Ford for their corporate events. It’s a one-of-a-kind place that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for groups of 10 to 200 guests. Whether planning an award ceremony, special reception, private luncheon or dinner, sales meeting, or perhaps you want to impress an out-of-town client – Edison Ford has just the right spot. Become a Business Member and receive a “complimentary” daytime/early evening use of the historic Edison Caretaker’s House.

Edison Ford Museum

Many of our guests choose to start their event off with a cocktail party in the museum. This is a great place to get the
conversation started with stories about Edison and Ford. This indoor space can accommodate up to 100 guests.

events caretakersEdison Caretaker’s House 

This is one of the oldest structures remaining in Fort Myers, with original hardwood floors, yet offers modern conveniences, such as a projector screen. There is even a back porch and restrooms for your guests. The Caretaker’s House can accommodate up to 40 guests.

events coconut grove luncheonCoconut Grove

Situated along the Caloosahatchee River, amongst Coconut Palms, the Coconut Grove is a sprawling outdoor space that can accommodate up to 150 guests. It’s also the future site of the planned pavilion scheduled for completion in July 2016. Your guests will enjoy the stunning views near the water.

events tentFord Riverside Lawn

If your event is large and you need space for up to 300 guests, then the Ford Riverside Lawn is just the right place – it can even accommodate a tent. This space is used for many corporate luncheons, dinner banquets and even holiday parties. The lawn is equipped with electricity, so the tent and area around it can be lighted. The famous Mysore Fig is next to this area and is a favorite backdrop for photos.

Unlike many corporate event locations, guests at Edison Ford get the added bonus of touring the estates. For more information or to schedule a site visit, contact Cori Cramsey at ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

events tent with mysore figevents tables on ford lawnevents ford lawn dance floor

To help our driving visitors with a way of finding Edison Ford and our cruise partners, Pure Fort Myers, we now have a new location at the Southwest Florida Visitor Center at Exit #161 off of Interstate 75.

Punta Gorda stepped up to cover the loss of the rest area visitor’s center and created a new stop for visitors to get maps, accommodations and attractions information. We are hopeful that the Department of Transportation will continue their work to locate a new stop on the interstate, but until then, the new information center will help visitors get to Edison Ford, Pure Fort Myers boat cruises and Fort Myers.

The new location includes a giant photograph, a video, visitor registration area and other information to help guide visitors to our area … and here is our title banner below.

punta gorda visitor center 2016

Edison Ford Joins Blue Star Museums

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 18th
blue star museum

Click to learn more about the Blue Star Museum Program

Blue Star Museums offers free admission to 2,000+ museums and Edison Ford is proud to be one of those museums.
Edison Ford will be honoring active duty military beginning Memorial Day, May 30th thru Labor Day, September 5th, 2016.

Blue Star Museums offers FREE admission to active duty military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard,
Marines, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps
with up to five family members. Family members include a spouse, child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.

ANOTHER WEEK Added to Edison Ford Summer Camp – Register NOW

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 16th

June 6 – 10 (NEW Week Added)

isaiah 3D printing camp● Grades 1 – 3 – Engineering and Design
Find the best solutions to problems by testing different materials and ideas. Learn the process of innovation and
collaboration by accomplishing engineering design challenges.
● Grades 4 – 8 – Design Anything! CAD Design and 3D Printing
What would Thomas Edison print? Join the Wild Wizard and explore the world of 3D printing and learn how to use
Computer Aided Design software or CAD. Make a personal logo, create a character or make the next great invention.  Bring imagination and the possibilities are endless.

To register call 239-334-7419 or email LCriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.


May Great Book Picks

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 15th

book arsenal of democracyArsenal of Democracy – by A.J. Baime.
While most commonly associated with the Model T, Arsenal of Democracy is not only a book about war, but also the story of Henry and Edsel Ford, their relationship, and their contributions to the allied war effort. Using archival material and exhaustive research, author A.J. Baime chronicles the little known battle to build America’s bomber force.

book gift from the seaGift From the Sea – by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
This beloved classic is a collection of meditations on youth, love, peace and solitude written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh while vacationing on Captiva Island, Florida. Using some of the shells she found on the beautiful beaches of Southwest Florida for inspiration, Lindbergh offers advice for people of all ages and walks of life.

book images of america fort myersImages of America: Fort Myers – by Gregg Turner and Stan Mulford.
Another incredible photographic history book from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. These rarely before seen photos do a wonderful job of depicting and describing the rich history of Fort Myers, Florida. Whether you are a Fort Myers native or simply visiting us for vacation, you are sure to find Images of America: Fort Myers a fascinating read.

These books are available for purchase in our Museum Store or in our online store.

Veterans Get in FREE on Memorial Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 14th

Memorial day 2014To honor the men and women who have served our country, Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States veterans and their families on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.

Veterans will also receive a 10% discount on a Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting an active military ID always receive FREE admission to Edison Ford throughout the year.

The Petting Zoo is Back!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

● May 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
petting zoo sebastianBring the kids to pet the animals! There is always a variety of animals to pet, including rabbits, chickens, piglets, goats, a duck, calf and a sheep!

The kids really enjoyed petting the animals when the petting zoo was here the last time – and so did some of the parents! Cost: $1 per child. Beginning in July the Petting Zoo will continue monthly.