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Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge

 
 
Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
1. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge Marker
Inscription. Edison’s plan of a “Floridian bower in the lowlands of the peninsular Eden, with that charmed zone of beauty” was realized as he completed the Seminole Lodge Estate.

By the fall of 1885 designs were completed and materials for construction and painting of the houses and laboratory were purchased. Furnishings, linens, books, and fishing gear were selected. All materials were sent down from northern cities by several steamships, unloaded and assembled on site.

On February 24, 1886, Thomas and Mina Miller were married. Soon after, the couple traveled down to stay at Seminole Lodge. The Florida paradise continued to draw Thomas, and Mina their children, extended family, friends, and business associates for the following 61 years.

“The house is a dream through and we are living in fairyland,” wrote Mina Edison to her mother, February 15, 1910. In Seminole Lodge the Edison family found a retreat from the cold of the northern winter, as well as from the busy work and social demands of New Jersey. However, Edison continued his research on various projects in Fort Myers.

Grateful to the local citizens, Mina deeded the property and the homes to the City of Fort Myers in 1947 for $1. Seminole Lodge has been open for the public to visit and enjoy since November 1947.
 
Location.
Mina and Thomas Edison in front of their home (circa 1920) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
2. Mina and Thomas Edison in front of their home (circa 1920)
26° 38.067′ N, 81° 52.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard (State Road 867) south of Larchmont Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is inside the Edison Estate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Clara Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (here, next to this marker); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (here, next to this marker); Edison Caretaker’s House (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Also see . . .  Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 23, 2015.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
3. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge Marker
The fully restored Seminole Lodge in 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
4. The fully restored Seminole Lodge in 2007
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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