Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Henry Ford's Florida Estate
In 1916 Edisonís neighbor, Robert Smith, wrote to Ford relating, “Personally, I would prefer to have you buy it and in this I express the sentiment of the people of Fort Myers. We are all proud to have Mr. Edison spend his winters here and would be just as proud to have Mr. Henry Ford become one of our winter residents.”
With the sale completed in July 1916, Killian Melber, a local florist, became Fordís first agent in Fort Myers. Ford purchased the home furnished. As Melber prepared the property for the Fordsí visit in 1917, he related to them that all they needed was silverware, bedding, and table linens.
The gardens were well-developed at the time the Fords purchased the estate. They included 100 grapefruit and 50 orange
Fordís Caretakerís Cottage as it appears today evolved from a garage built in the style of the Ford house with accommodations for a good-sized car, a sleeping room for staff, a pump room and a storeroom overhead.
Location. 26° 38.067′ N, 81° 52.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the right when traveling south. he marker is inside the Edison/Ford Estate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (here, next to this marker); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (here, next to this marker); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Edison Caretakerís House (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
Also see . . . Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 26, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.