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Director Tours to Start in October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 26th
  • Saturday, October 17 – Historic, Watery and Artsy Punta Gorda

      The monthly Edison Ford Director Tours for 2015 – 2016 kick off in October with a full day in Punta Gorda, including a Narrated Trolley Tour of Historic Downtown, a cruise of Charlotte Harbor, Fisherman’s Village shopping, private lunch on the river, the Visual Arts Center for pottery demonstrations, and a tour of the Peace River Wildlife Center for Birds.

fishermans village cruises     Punta Gorda (Spanish for “fat point”) is located on the shore of Charlotte Harbor. It was founded in 1884, a year before Edison’s arrival in Fort Myers. Since the storms a few years, the town has undergone a beautiful restoration and we will learn about its importance and long history.

Our tour bus will depart from Edison Ford for this fun-filled day tour. Contact Nancy Achter at  nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419 for further details.


     Edison Ford CEO Chris Pendleton has been appointed to represent the region on the Heritage and Nature Tourism Committee of VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism agency.

visit florida logo     Pendleton feels that “Southwest Florida is a unique part of Florida and is very rich in history and nature-based resources; we are a big part of the Florida tourism industry and a very different ‘Old Florida’ – a treasure to protect, preserve and be proud of.”


Preview of Volunteer Meeting and Lecture in August – Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 23rd
  • August 11, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in South Florida Water Management Building

WINK meteorologist Joey Sovine        Get tips on how to prepare and respond during emergency storm conditions from a pro, WINK TV News Meteorologist, Joey Sovine.

WINK Hurricane Guides will be available at the meeting with tips and advice for you and your family. Whether you are new to the area or even a longtime resident, it is a great way to become informed, make a plan and put your mind at ease.


Specialty Group Tours Growing

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 10th

     At Edison Ford, there are several specialty tours that are regularly offered every week at Edison Ford and by group reservation at other times. In fact the regular German Tour pictured has become so popular that it is now available every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Other language tours including Spanish and French are also available. Guides are fluent in the language and also provide participants with the audio wand and language maps.

The same is true for specialty Garden and Lab Tours. Call 239-334-7419 to reserve your specialty tour at group rates today. Lunches or refreshments packages are also available.

group tour july 2015 update

Henry Ford and His Soy Cookie Recipe

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 9th

     Henry Ford’s birthday is July 30, 1863 so he will be 152 years old this year. At Edison Ford we celebrate the day with activities to include antique cars, lectures, tours inside his home, and of course, birthday cake for visitors and homemade cookies from the Ford family recipe for soybean cookies. The cookies are actually very tasty, healthy and a reminder that Henry Ford was an inventor, entrepreneur and a “healthy eater.”

     “Henry Ford and his staff researched a variety of soybean-based foodstuffs.

      Recipes in the book Recipes for Soybean Foods contain several of these food products. Notably, Ford was an early adopter of soy milk, which rose in popularity during the onset of World War II, in part thanks to the research of Ford staff and Henry Ford’s vocal support for the soybean. The Ford Motor Company sold breads baked using soy flour, as well as fresh soybeans, and many foods prepared for the guests of Greenfield Village (Clara and Henry Ford’s collection of historic American buildings) were likewise created using soy flour and other soybean-based foods.

      While some of these products were already produced on a small scale, Ford’s outspoken interest and research on the subject helped to popularize soybean-based foods in America.” – Mike Cosden, Edison Ford Chief Curator

Henry Ford's soybean cookie recipe

Henry Ford’s soybean cookie recipe

Happy Birthday Henry Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 8th

     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.

Special Cruises Available

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 7th
  • Pure Fort Myers Edison ExplorerEcoCruise to Picnic Island – July 18, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

      This local favorite is an eco-adventure for all ages. Walk among black and white mangroves, beautiful soft white sand, enjoy some shelling and discover life all around you. The bright blue waters of the Picnic Island Basin are perfect for dipping your toes or dropping a fishing line. Cruise the Edison Explorer and enjoy a nature lecture along the Caloosahatchee and walking tour on Picnic Island with the Captain, also a Master Naturalist.

Bottled water and light snacks provided. Reservations required. Contact Edison Ford or The Marina at Edison Ford.

Cost: $39 per person. Click HERE for reservations and other available upcoming dates.

Saturday Morning Tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 5th
  • July 18 and August 22 – 10:30 a.m. in the Edison Caretaker’s House

mina and clara jan and clara tea july 2015      Join “Mina Edison” and “Clara Ford” for tea and pastries in the Edison Caretaker’s House as they reminisce about family and friends, living part-time in Florida, as well as their helpful hints for their marriage, gardening and menu interests. This delightful program features two “seasoned” Edison Ford docents and living history characters who will greet the audience and welcome them into their conversation.

The Edison Caretaker’s House is air-conditioned and set in the beautiful Edison gardens. Space is very limited, reservations are required. Call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $8; non-members $12.

Groups may schedule morning tea at other times and dates and substitute lunch or other refreshments. Additional costs apply. For group reservations call 239-334-7419.

July Daily Tours and Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 1st

July 2015 daily

NEW … “Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 30th
  • Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Every week we will focus on a historical artifact from the Edison and Ford era including furniture, inventions, clothing, machinery, books, etc. The topics will be set up monthly so that you can focus on your interests and even bring your own treasure for a “look see.” The topics for July are:

  • July 1 – Phonographs – Jim Niccum (Senior Historian & Phonograph  Expert) & Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 8 – 1916 Model T Ford – James Moss (Automotive Curator) & Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 15 – EBRC Plants/Shade Structures – Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 22 – Books, Papers – Brady Vogt (Book & Paper Specialist) & Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 29 – Estates Artwork – Megan Kissinger (Conservator & Artist) & Matt Andres (Registrar)

We plan to also have an “Appraiser’s Afternoon” scheduled periodically as part of this ongoing program.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members Museum and Lab ticket ($12.00).

ask the curator group photo