Tour Date: 11/21/2020
Tour Guide: Elizabeth Dougherty
Elizabeth takes us to southwest Florida and city of Ft. Myers. In 1885 following the death of of first wife, Thomas Edison decided that he wanted to get away from the cold, miserable New Jersey winters. He purchased 13 acres of land on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River and built his home. Henry Ford, who once worked for Edison, built his winter home directly next door to Edison’s. Already a successful inventor and businessman, Edison saw America’s growing dependence upon foreign-made rubber products and wanted to change it. In a partnership with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, the trio built a botanical workshop focused on developing American-made rubber. After 17,000 unsuccessful trials, his workshop discovered that Leavenworth’s Goldenrod could be bred to produce the desired results.
Today, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates (which contains both homes and workshops) is located at 2350 MacGregor Blvd in Ft. Myers.
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