The Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers is open year-round, seven days a week, offering traditional tours and creative programs to expand the usage by visitors and community members.The interpretation of the site honors the legacy of the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford families through science, history, arts and education programs, lectures, special events and activities.
Edison and Ford changed the world with their inventions, pioneering the automobile industry, movies and film, lighting and electricity, sound and communications. They were lovers of the arts, devoted naturalists and futurists in their vision. Following the legacy of the two world renowned entrepreneurs, there are vast opportunities to explore their life interests and work.
The following calendar of activities is also updated regularly on the website:
November 17 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
November 8 Volunteer Program and New Volunteer Orientation
November 8, 15, 22 - Homeschool Class "Cartooning with Doug MacGregor"
November 9, 10, 11, 12 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Decorating
November 9 Edison Ford Science Fair for Homeschool and Virtual Students
November 11 Veteran's Day Free admission to Veterans and their families
November 12 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Growing Citrus"
November 16 Boat Tours from Captiva Island to Edison Ford resume for season
November 6 & 18 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade
November 17 Edison Ford Annual Meeting for Members
November 19 "The Past in Paintings: Edison & Ford Era" exhibit opening
November 19 Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer
November 19 & 20 - Edison Garden Market annual plant sale
November 30 "Children's Tree Trail Opening" with Lee County Schools
December 1 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Opening Party
December 1 & 15 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
December 2 31 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, open nightly until 9 p.m.
December 10 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Holiday Container Gardening"
December 13 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
December 14 & 16 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade
December 18 Culinary Arts, Authors and Artists Night
December 27 30 Holiday Science Camp, 1 - 6th grade
January Edison Ford Inventor's Summer Camp registration begins
January Exhibit opening "Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer and the Light Bulb" with the Black History Museum
January 5 & 19 Emerging Inventor's Early Learning Class
January 10, 17, 24 Homeschool Class, "Cartooning with Doug MacGregor"
January 10 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
January 13 & 14 Botanical Illustration Class in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger
January 14 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Seasonal Winter Plants"
January 14 Day of Discovery at Florida Gulf Coast University
January 16 "Cartooning with Doug MacGregor: Innovators and Inventors" Class, (grades 4 -12)
January 18 & 20 Homeschool Class, 1 6th grade
January 21 Director's Tour to Palm Beach, Flagler Museum and Society of the Four Arts
January 22 Edison Ford Bridal Fair
February 1 Thomas Edison Favorite Photo Exhibit and Contest
February 2 & 16 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
February 2 & 3 Strolling Flower Show at Bell Tower Shops, Edison & Ford Winter Estates/Periwinkle Garden Club
February 4 Annual Edison Ford Antique Car Show
February 4 Etiquette at the Edison Ford Class
February 10 & 11 Botanical Illustrations in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger
February 11 Edison's Birthday Celebration and Downtown Tour
February 11 Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer
February 11 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Rainbarrels"
February 11 Etiquette at the Edison Ford Class
February 12 Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade
February 13 17 Edison Mucker Lab Shows
February 14 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
February 14 Edison Ford Sweetheart's Valentine Celebration February 15 Opening Ceremony for completion of Edison Botanic Laboratory
February 15 & 17 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade
February 18 Director's Tour to St. Petersburg, Dali Museum, Fine Arts and Chihuly Museum
February 18 Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade: Edison Ford/High Tech Central Float
February 19 Edison High School Band and Show Choir from Milan, Ohio Performances
February 26 Art in Bloom Edison Ford and Fort Myers/Lee County Garden Council
March 1 & 15 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
March 3 Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer
March 9 & 10 Botanical Illustration Class in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger
March 10 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Heritage Butterfly Plants"
March 10 Girl Scout Badge Program
March 13 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
March 14 & 16 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade
March 17 Director's Tour to Clewiston
March 30 & April 1 Black Maria Film Festival with Edison State College
April 5 & 19 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
April 10 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
April 14 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Storm Scaping"
April 14 Director's Tour to Lake Wales, Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate
April 15 May 25 Art in the Gardens opening with Lee County School Art Teachers & Students
April 20 An Incandescent Evening
April 18 & 20 Homeschool Class, 1 6th grade
April 28 Educators and Kids Free Day
May 5 Girl Scouts Badge Program
May 8 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
May 12 & 13 Edison Ford Mother's Day Brunch
May 12 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Summer Vegetable Gardening"
May 13 Mother's Day Free Admission to mothers
May 16 & 18 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade
May 28 Memorial Day Free Admission to Veterans and their families
May 29 August 2012, Edison & Ford Inventor's Camp begins
June September 2012
June 9 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Hot Plants for the Summer"
June 12 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
June 17 Father's Day Free Admission to fathers
July 10 Volunteer Meeting and Orientation
July 14 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Heritage Tropical Fruits"
July 30 Henry Ford's Birthday
August 11 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Orchid Care and Repotting"
August 14 - Volunteer Meeting and Orientation
September 11 - Volunteer Meeting and Orientation
Contact the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 to confirm schedule or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for the latest news and information. All dates and times are subject to change.
The Estates, located on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 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.