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Tour the Historic Surroundings of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

June 03, 2019

Some friendships last a lifetime—such is the case for Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, whose close friendship led them to buy and enjoy neighboring vacation homes for the rest of their lives. Just 15 minutes from our property you can step back in time and explore Edison’s Seminole Lodge and the Mangoes, Henry Ford’s estate along the Caloosahatchee River. After touring the homes--each unique in furnishings and architectural details--enjoy a guided tour through the lush botanical gardens, which includes more than 1700 plant varieties, some of which were planted when Edison was still around. It’s hard not to fall in love with these properties and to understand why Edison and Ford called this land home for so many winter seasons.