I highly recommend it. The foundation that took over the Edison Museum and Estate has done an excellent job. The Edison home is near downtown Ft Meyers, has plenty of parking and the tours are all self guided using a hand-held listening device. It is very easy.
We toured the grounds which covers over 20 acres. It includes Thomas Edison's Winter Home (Seminole Lodge), the Henry Ford Home nearby (the Mangoes), the museum and laboratory.
Thomas Edison first visited the area in 1885 and bought the land for his vacation home which is right on the Caloosahatchee River. He laid out the plans for the estate and had lumber shipped in to build the house.
The home has a beautiful covered porch that encircles it.
Back in the museum and the laboratory, there are lots of interesting inventions and history on display.
Toward the end of our time, we went through the museum and the rubber laboratory.
The rubber laboratory was one of those things I remember most from our first visit to the the estate while on our honeymoon in 1979. I also remember learning that Edison often stretched out on a laboratory table for a few hours of sleep.
Edison, Ford, Firestone, John Burroughs and others set off as a group on recreational camping trips (in their Ford cars and trucks) beginning in 1914 through the Florida Everglades. Their group continued camping together for years and was known as the 'Vagabonds'. But we will save more on that for another day.
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