Prolific inventor Thomas Edison and automobile pioneer Henry Ford shaped the modern world like few others. The lives of these close friends intersected at their winter homes in southwest Florida. Edison first visited at the time a cattle-ranching community of Ford Myers in 1885, building a home and laboratory soon after. There, he wintered with his wife, Mina, and their children, Madeleine, Charles, and Theodore. Ford purchased the adjacent estate in 1916, wintering in the area with his wife, Clara, and son, Edsel. Here in southwest Florida, these famous neighbors relaxed and found time to explore new projects.
A decade of ongoing research and site restoration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has led to new information regarding the lives and work of these two famous friends, their winter homes, personal lives, and how they spent their winters in Florida. This book sells for $21.99 but as an Edison Ford Member you will pay only $17.59 for this fascinating book (a 20% discount).