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

Edison Caretaker's Yard

 
 
Edison Caretaker's Yard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
1. Edison Caretaker's Yard Marker
Inscription.  Edison created a large domestic support area for the Estate on the east side of McGregor Boulevard. Storage buildings, equipment, a truck garden, and even a horse were located there. On the west side, retaining and expanding the Caretaker’s House on the northern end of the main Estate provided a like space, though on a smaller scale. A "hog wire" fence separated the domestic support area in the early years. Wheelbarrows, wagons, ladders, rakes, and garden tools were often visible.

A warehouse was built in this section and used to store the materials for the houses during construction. More than likely it continued to store various estate supplies until being moved to the east side in 1913. A large chicken house and run were located close to the house. The staff and the family relied on and welcomed fresh eggs and chickens. This large structure was razed when the existing cistern was built in 1919. A smaller house and run were then built.

Bee hives were also located in the yard. R.W. Kellow, a secretary to Mr. Edison, describes in a 1917 report of the Estate, “I understand that a portion of the honey produced is
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consumed by the Edison family during the occupancy of the estate, but that it has not been the practice to have any of the honey shipped to Orange.” (West Orange, New Jersey, where the main Edison home is located.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
 
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. The marker is inside the Edison 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 Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Edison Caretaker's Yard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
2. Edison Caretaker's Yard
Edison’s “hog and wire” fence is clearly seen in the historic photo of the barn and chemical storage building. This type of fencing was less expensive and less formal than the picket fencing located in the family Estate area.
Edison Caretaker's Yard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
3. Edison Caretaker's Yard
The chicken house and run location is identified in this 1917 R.W. Kellow drawing of the Edison Estate.
Edison Caretaker's Yard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
4. Edison Caretaker's Yard
A typical farm cart and tools being used at the Edison Estate.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2015, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 4, 2015, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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