2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. We began operating as a non-profit charity in October 2006, and with your help, we have proven our ability to preserve and restore the site and also to develop new programs and facilities. Thank you for your engagement and active involvement!
With almost $14 million in restoration and expansion under our belts, it is almost difficult to remember the condition of the buildings and gardens when we took on the transition to private management. I have included a few
restoration photos just to remind us of our work these many years.
We have also completed new construction projects like the new Museum West Porch, the North FPL Solar Field, classrooms wherever we can find space, and renovations to the Museum.
This year, we will complete the replica of the Edison River Pavilion in the Coconut Grove for more space to hold events and programs. Ground breaking is scheduled for January.
We have run a very conservative budget throughout and established the foundation for a capital reserve with plans for an expanded auditorium, classroom and office areas to house our staff of 50 plus. Our volunteer program has grown to more than 250 dedicated unpaid staff who meet monthly for programs and professional development.
One of our proudest achievements is the growth of a very innovative and important education program which provides opportunities like engineering and computer classes, art experiences, technology and mechanics, and
horticulture for preschoolers through adult learners.
Please join us throughout the year ahead for activities to expand your horizons and see how the Edison and Ford legacies are continuing to thrive at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.