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Director’s Tour to Fort Lauderdale – Bonnet House

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 8th

What:   Day trip to Fort Lauderdale, a tour of the Bonnet House
When: March 25,   8:00 a.m. 
Where:   Tour leaves from the main parking lot at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Who: Visitors, groups, history and museum enthusiasts, and general public

The public is invited to join Edison & Ford Winter Estates President and CEO, Chris Pendleton for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Karen Beard, CEO of Bonnet House, a historic 35 acre plantation estate on March 25, 2011.

Participants will get a glimpse of “old Florida” as they tour the sprawling two story waterfront home surrounded by formal tropical gardens.  Pendleton will take participants on a private behind the scenes tour of the home once owned by the world acclaimed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn. 

This historic 1920’s house is the only home and studio of two American artists open to the public.  Pendleton and Beard will lead you through the rooms of the main house where you will learn the history of the Birch/Bartlett family and discover the charm and whimsy of the beachfront estate.  Participants will also enjoy a garden tour of the seaside tropical gardens with native and exotic landscape plants.  Lunch will be served in the beautiful Bonnet House tropical gardens. 
 
The cost of the tour is $85 for Estates volunteers, $90 for Estates Members, $95 for non-members and includes a charter bus ride, admission, lunch, taxes,  gratuities, snacks and refreshments.  To make reservations call the Estates at 239-334-7419.  Reservations are limited.

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