Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog - Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights opens Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Spend the holidays with one of Southwest Florida’s holiday traditions that is a “must see” event and fun for the entire family. Discounts to Lee County residents continue throughout opening weekend. Thursday evening, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Edison will turn on the lights and welcome visitors to officially open the event at 5:30 p.m. Visitors will have the option of a self guided tour or guided tour (6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Guided tours include the historic homes, gardens, and museum with a site historian and are available on a first come, first serve basis. This year there will be events including the artist and craftsmen exhibits and appearances in the “Creative Cottage” as well as book signings and demonstrations located in the Edison Caretaker’s House; nightly entertainment by local school and community groups; Horse and Wagon Rides; live Edison era music, and a “Children’s Tree Trail.” The “Trail” will be a veritable forest of lighted trees with handmade ornaments from Lee County students and is FREE to the public. During the holidays the homes of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford will be open nightly from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Estates Museum will be open nightly as well as the Estates Banyan Café for refreshments. Tickets for a self guided tour are $15 for adults and $1 for children (ages 6-12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $11 for children (ages 6-12). Groups may schedule guided or unguided tours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will receive discounted group rates. The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.efwefla.org.

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