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Petting Zoo at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 16th

● October 30 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

petting zoo girl with goatWe have moved the Petting Zoo to the Banyan Tree and Café area for shade from the trees, seating, and refreshments. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the main ticket office. Parking available in the main parking lot off of McGregor Boulevard or the new parking areas on Larchmont Avenue. Cost: Adults free; children entering the petting zoo gate will be $1.00 per child.

Annual “Airing of the Quilts” at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 12th

• October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Quilt show 2014 octoberOn October 15 dozens of quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between the palm trees on Thomas Edison’s estate. There will also be antique quilts from the 1880s – 1920s displayed inside the homes.

Members from the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild will have quilts available for sale and artist, Marie Dyer will demonstrate silk scarf painting. Visitors may also get their photo taken with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. There will also be antique cars from some of the area’s finest antique car clubs on display!

quilt show antique carThe Ford family has a long history with quilts. Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected quilts that were created and used by people from all over the United States. The quilts were often made from modest scraps of material which demonstrated the resourcefulness of American women.

“Airing of the Quilts” is included with general admission. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for teens ages 13 – 19, $11 for children ages 6 – 12, and children 5 and under are free. Edison Ford members are free.

For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Calling All Area Educators!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 10th

FREE Admission and FREE Programs and Other Discounts …

Weekend of Saturday, September 24 & Sunday, September 25

Pearce and Edison Ford Robotics Group     The popular free weekend for educators and their families is back again this year, and it will be full of special activities, program tours, and a 10% discount in the Edison Ford Stores. There are no reservations required, just plan to come with your family and sign in to participate. The program extends to teachers in public and private schools, homeschoolers, and support staff including curriculum specialists, principals and everyone in making education happen in the five-county area (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties).

  • Hands-on activities will be available in science, art, history and gardening
  • Family and school audio tours
  • Lesson plans and other materials will be available at no charge

You must show a school-issued identification badge to participate. Educators will also receive a 10% discount off the purchase price of an Edison Ford membership.

For more information, check the Edison Ford website for specific times and activities or call Leeanne Criswell, Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419. Plan to catch up on the new offerings for the school year and programs for after school and weekends.

Ask the Curator

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 3rd

Wednesdays – NEW Time 11:30 a.m.

  • power station cartoonSeptember 7 When was America’s first power station built? Learn about Edison’s Pearl Street Station with Assistant Curator Brent Newman.
  • September 14 Are electric vehicles a new phenomenon? Learn about the electrifying race that captured America’s attention with Chief Curator Mike Cosden.
  • September 21 Say What?  Learn about the various types of phonograph horns with Senior Site Historian Jim Niccum and Registrar Matt Andres.
  • ford chuckwagonSeptember 28 Who’s ready for a road trip?  Explore the 1918 Model T Roadster (“Chuck wagon”) with Automotive Curator James Moss.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; included with admission.

Petting Zoo at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 12th

● July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

petting zoo july 2016We have moved the Petting Zoo to the Heritage Gardens at the Garden Shoppe for shade from the trees and the cool porch with running fans. There will be a ticket required which can be purchased at the main ticket office. You can park in the main parking lot off of McGregor Boulevard or the new parking areas on Larchmont Avenue. Cost: Adults free; Children entering the petting zoo gate will be $1.00 per child.

Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar for more information at 239-334-7419.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford – Come Celebrate on July 30, 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 9th

ford portraitThe public is invited to celebrate Henry Ford’s 153rd birthday at Edison Ford. Birthday cake will be served on the museum west porch at 10:00 a.m. (until it runs out!). Special “behind the scenes” tours of “The Mangoes,” Ford’s winter estate home, will be offered at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Henry Ford and his wife Clara purchased their winter retreat in Fort Myers, right next to the winter home of their friends ford home eveningThomas and Mina Edison in 1916. The purchase price was $20,000 for about three acres of riverfront gardens with a lovely Craftsman-style bungalow.

The Ford family spent many winters in Fort Myers with mentor and friend, Thomas Edison. Their adjacent Florida estates provided great getaways for the friends to relax, explore Florida, and of course, talk business and innovation.

In honor of Ford’s birthday, active and retired Ford Motor Company employees will receive free admission, including a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab, and museum. This will also include a “behind the scenes” tour of Ford’s home.

Cost: $20 general admission and includes a Behind the Scenes tour of Ford’s home.


Fourth of July at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 29th

fourth of july kidsDid you know the Fourth of July was Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday? He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off a giant firecracker in his yard. The children would dress in Fourth of July costumes and Edison and the children would throw Chinese firecrackers. Edison even made his own fireworks, calling them incendiary torpedoes that had TNT added. As a part of the Fourth of July celebration, the family enjoyed ice cream and watermelon, just as many American families do today.

Fourth of July meant so much to Edison. He used red, white and blue bulbs when he made the first strand of Christmas lights to represent the color of the Fourth of July!

Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States Veterans and their families on July 4, 2016. Free admission to Edison Ford includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting active military identification always receive free admission throughout the year. Veterans also will receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops on July 4.

Edison Ford is a member of Blue Star Museums, so all active duty military will also receive free admission. The program includes active duty military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps. Up to five family members may also be admitted free. The Blue Star Museums free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.

Celebrate America’s birthday at Florida’s own “National Treasure.” So wear your red, white and blue and come
celebrate the Fourth of July with us at Edison Ford.

Fathers Day – FISHY Fun

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 8th

fish print 2016● June 19, Noon – 2:00 p.m. (or as long as the fish last) – On the river porch at The Marina at Edison Ford and Pinchers
father's day fish printingDead fish t-shirt painting has been a tradition at Edison Ford for many years. Now with the help of fresh fish from Pinchers (Pine Island Crab and Fish House), lots of volunteers and the Edison Ford Wild Wizard, everyone can join in the fun!

All you need is a clean t-shirt (bring one or purchase one from us). For prints on paper bring your own paper, rice paper or piece of textile. Recording or printing fish images is an ancient art form called Gyotaku (Gyo = fish, taku = impression). It was an early way to record the image of a fish through saving the print with ink and rice paper. It has developed through the centuries to become a beautiful printing art form and it’s also a lot of fun!

fishing with edisonDads, kids and moms also will learn basic fish anatomy (gills, swim fins, etc. and what’s the difference between a fish and a mammal.) We will use fish from the waters around Pine Island, thanks to Pinchers and Island Crab. We’ll have touch tanks too, so bring the kids so they can get hands-on experience and learn about native sea life, including oysters, clams and soft-shell crabs!

Cost: Pre-Registration: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $15. Day of: Edison Ford Members $12; non-members $17. T-shirts available for purchase or bring your own. Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 to pre-register.

mina with tarponFathers will receive a free dessert at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford on Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and great-great grandfathers. Ladies are always welcome too and here is Mina Edison with her fish to prove it! So come on out for a memorable Father’s Day of FISHY fun!

Fathers Get in FREE at Edison Ford on Fathers Day

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 7th

edison and ford on stepsTo celebrate Fathers Day, all dads are invited to come see Edison Ford for FREE! This is a great way for visitors to enjoy the day with their father’s. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the estate homes, botanical gardens, museum and the laboratory.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to check out our retail stores. Dads will receive 10% off retail purchases made in the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and the Garden Shoppe. Dads can come out and spend the day with us, have lunch (and free dessert at Pinchers) and even make a fish print t-shirt!

Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting and Lecture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 4th

June 14, 10:00 a.m. – in the South Florida Water Management Building Lecture Hall

sprout queenGuest speaker, Christine “The Sprout Queen” Lindsey will share the history of sprouts, why we want them in our lives, sources of contamination, and an overview of the sprouting process.

The Sprout Queen, part of Pine Island Botanicals, is located on Pine Island. Since late 2009, Christine has helped the lives of many people by offering fresh, locally and organically grown non-GMO sprouts, sunflower greens, pea shoots, buckwheat lettuce, alfalfa, purple kohlrabi and wheatgrass. Sprout kits will be available to purchase at the lecture and afterwards in the Garden Shoppe.

Volunteer meetings are open to current and potential volunteers. For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer or Bobby Feldman, Volunteer Coordinators at 239-334-7419.