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

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

Photo attachment: The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open on July 4th with discounts to Lee County resident;,  the Edison children, Charles, Theodore and Madeleine celebrate, July 4, 1902. Historical photo credit:  Thomas Edison National Historical Park. 

Celebrate Edison’s Favorite Holiday, July 4th with half price admission to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

      Fort Myers, FL (June 27. 2011)- The Fourth of July is believed to have been Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the day with half priced admission for Lee County residents.

      On the Fourth of July, Edison would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early in the morning to set off fireworks.  The family would celebrate the holiday with  American favorites – watermelon and ice cream.

An invoice dated in 1893 lists the elaborate purchases the Edison family made for their Fourth of July celebration.  Written on the bill, “This Bill Is For Fireworks Only,” and included two dozen packages of Electric Torp., one Dragon’s Nest, one Devil Among the Tailor, one Surprise Box, one Floral Fount(ain), one (dozen) Rockets, one (dozen) 10 B.R. Candles, 1 lb. Colored Fore, and one Firework Balloon 20 ft.  It is also believed Edison’s favorite variety of firecrackers were the ones he invented and created himself, that had a little more TNT added!

The Estates is honoring Edison’s enjoyment of the holiday with half priced admission to Lee County Residents throughout the day.  Visitors must show proof of residency. The half priced admission ticket is good for all Estates tours including the new Site Historian Tour and Edison Ford Young Inventor’s Tour.

In addition, the Estates will be displaying artwork by internationally known artist Leoma Lovegrove.  Edison, A Yankee Doodle Boy, are a new series of five pieces honoring Thomas Edison.  Lovegrove’s artwork will be available for purchase including incandescent light bulbs, prints, note cards and original artwork.

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.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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