Mar 14, Edison and Ford Winter Estates: Homes For Original Snowbirds
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates were tropical getaways for their famous owners, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
Neither of them ever dreamed their winter homes would be included among top Florida tourist attractions.
When he was only 38 years old, Thomas Alva Edison was advised by his doctor to find a better climate.
His health was bad because he had overworked himself, and he endured those brutal New Jersey winters.
He hadn’t even turned 40 yet, and he was almost burned out. Then he discovered Fort Myers, Florida. He soon helped change Florida history.
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison
He became one of our earliest Florida snowbirds. He bought property on the Caloosahatchee River in 1885, and a year later completed his vacation home.
The Edison family named this place “Seminole Lodge”. Edison spent every winter here until he died in 1931.
Henry Ford was a good friend of Tom, and bought property next door in 1915. He built his winter home, called “The Mangoes, and spent many winters there.
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone worked together for many years in Florida. Firestone became a frequent visitor to Fort Myers.
These two winter homes are large,