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Edison Caretaker’s House



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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
 



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Edison Caretaker’s House



Some of the Seminole Lodge Staff
Queenie Adams · J.F. Anderson · Mr. Bassler · Mr. & Mrs. Black · Ellen Carr · Michael & Tina Doyle · James Evans · Harvie Heitman · William Hibble · Henry Horsey · Noah Keen ·
George Kinze · Fred Ott · Sidney Scarth · Edgar & Mrs. Smith · Frank Stout · Ewald Stuplner · B.E. & Mrs. Tinstman · Eli Thompson · Hans Zeeman

A section of this building was on the grounds when Edison purchased the property in 1885 from cattleman Samuel Summerlin. In developing plans for the Estates, Edison decided to keep the house and to “repair it and use it for the employees.” His improvements to Seminole Lodge in 1903 included the addition of a room, porches and bathroom to the “Summerlin House.” The L-Addition created an apartment for driver Sidney Scarth and family. A tow-bay car garage and tool bay were completed and in use by 1929.

Edison relied on local help, as well as staff sent from his main home in West Orange, New Jersey, to maintain the Estates. Staff was an integral part of the property, corresponding frequently with Mr. and Mrs. Edison about activities in Fort Myers. Staff positions included general agents, caretakers, gardeners, cooks and drivers.


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


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