The 36th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida, has been scheduled for December 2 – December 31, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford will be seasonally decorated and visitors will have the option of a self guided tour or a guided tour with an Estates site historian.
Edison & Ford Holiday Nights includes nightly entertainment by school and community groups, culinary demonstrations, book signings and appearances by artists, and the “Children’s Tree Trail” a forest of trees decorated by Lee County Students. The Estates Museum and Edison Botanic Research Lab will also be open during the event.
This year “Creative Cottage,” located in the Edison Caretaker’s House, will feature elements of a Florida Cracker Christmas and will include the artwork of Florence Sansom, Megan Kissinger and Buell Lee Whitehead. Traditional Florida foods will be available for tasting and purchase celebrating the Edison Caretaker’s House, an original Cracker House built in the 1870s.
Tickets for a self guided tour are $15 for adults and $1 for children (6 -12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $1 for children (6 -12). Groups may schedule guided or unguided tours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will receive a discounted group rate.
The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org'>www.edisonfordwinterestates.org'>www.edisonfordwinterestates.org'>www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.