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Edison Ford Director’s Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 23rd

      One of our favorite programs at Edison Ford is our season of tours to a select group of Florida cities with some very unique museums, gardens, historical sites and restored urban districts. Now in its 10th year, the Director’s Tours for 2013 – 2014 have been set, and it is a very exciting list of destinations! This is a great way to learn about Florida history, science and culture firsthand as we work with our colleagues to provide insider and often behind the scenes experiences. The cost for each tour is $90 for Edison Ford Members and $100 for the general public. To sign up or for more information contact Cori Cramsey at Edison Ford 239-334-7419 or ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

flagler palm beach • December 7, Saturday – Palm Beach

     This tour includes the Henry Flagler Estate, Society of the Four Arts Museum and Gardens, and historic Worth Avenue decorated for the holidays. We are working with the Palm Beach Preservation Society for the historic architecture of Palm Beach Island as created by Addison Mizner. Private lunch included.

  • January 11, Saturday – Miami, Coral Gables

     Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone worked closely with David Fairchild, who created the first international seed bank in Miami. Much of their collaboration was focused on finding a source of organic rubber which could be grown in the US. Today Fairchild’s research gardens are known as Fairchild Botanic Garden and encompass 80 acres of unusual tropical plantings. We will also tour The Kampong, the private estate of David Fairchild which today houses the US Botanic Gardens. Private lunch included.

 • February 22, Saturday – Delray Beach

     The tour includes beautiful Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens and historic restoration of Old School Square museum and galleries, and shopping on historic Atlantic Avenue. Private lunch included.

  • March 20, Thursday – Sarasota

     The tour includes the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, well known for its collection of orchids, glass houses and gardens. The day will finish up at the Ringling Estate with a tour arranged by longtime Keeper of Ca’d Zan and Ringling Curator, Ron McCarty. It includes the Ringling Museum & Estate, Art Museum and Circus Museum as well as a private tour after dark of the new James Terrell light sculpture installation. Private lunch included.

 • April 5, Saturday – Tampa

     Henry Plant put Tampa on the map with his railroads and hotel a hundred years ago. This tour includes the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Annual Appraiser’s Fair and private tour of the historic hotel.  Luncheon at Tampa Bay Yacht Club included.

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