Historic Markers Across Florida

Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth

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Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 38.067    W 081° 52.804
  26.63445    -81.88006666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth

The Edison Estate riverside buildings were originally built in 1886 and remodeled slightly throughout the years.

The sprawling Edison Seminole Lodge is made up of the Family Home, connecting pergola and Guest House. The Edison Moonlight Garden and Little Office were built in the 1920s, and the Edison Caretaker's House was added in the same period with a garage and living quarters. There is also a pool, teahouse and seawall recreation area adjacent to the river.

In 2007, through a $10 million multi-year, award-winning project, the site was restored to the 1929 appearance.

Through the leadership of a new non-profit governing board, The Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates Inc., a new era of restoration excellence, conservation and program development has emerged. The award-winning project has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of 12 national projects noted for excellence in preservation.

Restoration and Rebirth support from:
. Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates, Inc.
. City of Fort Myers
. Lee County
. State of Florida
. National Trust for Historic Preservation
. Donors to the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation
. National Garden Clubs, Inc.
. Fort Myers/Lee County Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
. Periwinkle, Edison, Carissa and Jasmine Garden Clubs
. Principal Financial Group
. University of Florida/Lee County Master Gardeners

A picture of this marker can be found on HMDB.org


More information:
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison - Thomas Edison
Wikipedia - Thomas Edison
History.com - Henry Ford
Wikipedia - Henry Ford