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Happy Birthday Henry Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 8, 2015

     Edison Ford will be celebrating the 152nd birthday of Henry Ford with FREE admission to active and retired Ford Motor Company employees on July 30, 2015. FREE admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab and museum. At 10:30 a.m. birthday cake will be served on the Museum Westhenry ford 1 Porch for all to enjoy. Edison Ford will be offering special Inside-the-Home tours of “The Mangoes,” the winter estates of Henry and Clara Ford, to ALL visitors. This special tour will be given at 11:00 a.m., Noon and 1:00 p.m. Edison Ford Curators will take you inside for a closer look to see where the Ford family spent their time and how they lived. Site Historians and Curators will be available for questions throughout the day.

Henry and Clara Ford purchased their winter retreat in Fort Myers, right next to the winter home of their friends Thomas and Mina Edison in 1916. The purchase price was $20,000 for about three acres of riverfront gardens with a lovely Craftsman style bungalow. Ford would spend many winters in Fort Myers with his mentor and friend, Thomas Edison. Their adjacent Florida estates would provide great getaways for the friends to relax, explore Florida, and of course, talk business and innovation.

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