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“Edison and Ford Winter Homes, Ft. Meyers, FL” 4 of 5 stars
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Edison Park
Fort Myers, FL
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Ranked #14 of 52 attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
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Kissimmee, Fl
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“Edison and Ford Winter Homes, Ft. Meyers, FL”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2008

I thought this was an educational place to visit with some very nice scenery (on the river and many plants and flowers). The museum is a must-see. The exhibits and videos were very interesting.

$20 to get in. Had a $2 off coupon from local magazine. Active Duty Military are FREE and family members 50% off. Can't beat that.

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“Get a-QUAINT-ed with the Edison Park Residential Historic District”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2002

I live in, arguably, the loveliest residential neighborhood in the city of Fort Myers, Florida. Unlike modern-day subdivisions that seem to spring up overnight, Edison Park took 50 years to develop, through Boom Time to Bust, from War Time to Present Day. Its 157 single family homes, along with a few multi-family homes and businesses, represent six decades of architural style. The first five model homes, designed in the popular Mediterranean style, were completed in 1926, as was Edison Park's majestic fountain entrance on state-historic McGregor Boulevard. The towering royal palms of this beautiful road on Edison Park's west boundary were commissioned for planting around 1910 by Thomas Alva Edison. His winter estate and that of friend Henry Ford lie across the boulevard from the fountain and are now museums. On April 7, 1926, during the grand opening of Edison Park, Mr. and Mrs. Edison walked across the boulevard to dedicated the fountain entrance. It was then donated to the City of Fort Myers by James D. Newton, developer of this oldest, northernmost section of Edison Park and a young new friend of Mr. Edison. The fountain displays a large statue of a Grecian maiden pouring water from an urn into a basin at her feet. A backdrop of original wrought-iron fencing abounds with blooming bouganvilla. In contrast to the plain white picket fence in front of the Edison and Ford homes, this arched double-entrance to Edison Park is sometimes mistaken for their driveways. And so, it is not unusual to see a worldly traveler wandering curiously off the beaten path, with camera in hand and mouth drawn in wonder. Our two earliest roads, oak-lined Menlo and the sunnier Monte Vista, are dotted with silver Arcadian-style light posts. These are Edison Park's hallmarks. They have been in their original locations since their installation in 1926, and they are the oldest surviving public street lights in all of Southwest Florida. On the south boundary of Edison Park is Manuels Branch, a cool winding creek which soon e
winding creek area of Edison Park (Sandra Drive) was homesteaded in the 1870s by Manuel A. Gonzalez, Fort Myers' first officially recorded settler. On the north boundary of Edison Park is an elementary school by the same name. Built in 1927 with an ornate Mediterranean facade, Edison Park School was recently renovated and expanded as a K-5 magnet school for the arts and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. On the east boundary of Edison Park is Lee Memorial Hospital (1943) and Fort Myers High School (1950). Both have undergone renovation and expansion, but are nonetheless major contributors to Edison Park's convenience and livibility. Edison Park became a local historic district in 1995. Home sales are healthy, but increasingly rare as current owners realize their investment and the many benefits of staying put. The average Edison Park homeowner is middle to upper class and has school-age children or grandchildren. They enjoy life in a quiet, established Florida neighborhood and the one-mile proximity to our user-friendly Downtown. Fort Myers' Downtown is quickly evolving from its mass exodus suffered during mall-minded 1970s, into a rediscovered jewel of Florida's Boom Time past. Come for a stroll, and get a-quaint-ed with Edison Park.

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