Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers’ elite including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones. Walk among live oaks and lush gardens, relax in a rocking chair on the veranda as you watch the river roll gently by. Take a tour and walk inside every room in the home as you learn the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers’ oldest homes.
"The Southwest Florida Museum of History is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of history and traditions, with particular emphasis on Fort Myers and Southwest Florida."
The Southwest Florida Museum of History is located at 2031 Jackson Street just one block south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in historic downtown Ft. Myers. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Ph. (239)321-7430
Housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, the Museum is home to the history of Southwest Florida. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of the people you will meet as you view our exhibits. An authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car are also part of the tour.
In addition, the museum also houses an extensive artifacts collection detailing early civilization, the Fort, the first settlers, the cattlemen, turn of the century, the military and agriculture, boating and fishing industries in Fort Myers.
The 20 acres large Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum in Fort Myers includes nine historic buildings and gardens, including Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. The well-preserved buildings include the Edison main house, the guest and caretaker and the Ford house. The historic gardens created in 1929 include the entire area, including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum displays hundreds of his inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
Guided and self-guided tours with tape recorders (in English, German, Spanish and French). It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes - guided tours are about a mile long and take up to 60 minutes. Guide dogs are the only pets allowed on the property. There is a limited number of wheelchairs available. Disabled access is available from the car park at the Edison Ford entrance. Bus & RV parking is also available. Picnic area with tables is conveniently located under shade trees. There is a Museum shop, a garden shop, and a Historic Cottage shop Edison Ford brochures are available at the ticket office for additional $ 3.00; English, German, French and Spanish site maps can be obtained.
For admission prices please go to: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/about/hours-tickets-directions/ or call 334-7419.