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“Never open. Skip it.”

Burroughs Home & Gardens
Ranked #33 of 116 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers' elite. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of Nelson & Adeline Burroughs, and so much more await visitors who want to take a step back in time. Guided Historical Tours are conducted by reservation only, at 11am. Days available for RSVP are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, pending accessibility of the property. Admission is $10 for Seniors 60 & up, $12 for Adults. For groups of ten (10) or more, Tours with Lunch on Mona's Dancing Porch are available. Please contact venue for details. Parking is located across the street, behind the Langford-Kingston Home. (2500 First Street) Recommended arrival time: 10:45am.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Never open. Skip it.”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

You may drive all of the way here to find it closed. It is not open very often. I couldn't find literature so had no idea it wasn't open regular hours.
There was a lady there, but she wouldn't even let us walk on the porch and peek in.
We drove all the way from Naples to see this home. A lady in a historical center told us about it. Minimal advertising. I am sure they don't advertise, because they are closed more often than not.
Fortunately there was an art show in Ft. Myers so plenty to do. Good restaurants too. You may drive by this, but don't expect to go in. You think they would be open during a major festival.

Visited January 2014
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Westchester County, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 556 helpful votes
“"Whatever is it you keep staring at in that old tree out there, John?"”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

A visit to southwest Florida is amplified in character by visiting the period loyal homes of three nationally renowned camping buddies (as well as Harvey Firestone) who shared proximate Fort Myers snowbird status, Ford for a short time, Edison over many years, and John Burroughs, America's teddy bear foremost naturalist of his day. I remember being compelled to read some of the offerings of John Burroughs as a freshman in college with a typically flippant and resentful attitude so typical of male testosterone at that age. He reminded me of Kris Krinkle or Gabby Hayes, who I'd outgrown, for those who recall such reflection.

it was only over time that I gradually came to appreciate and respect Burroughs' prophetic insights and enormous efforts relative to the cause of natural preservation and our education as to its merits. I recall a story a famous visitor, whose name escapes me, once told of John Burroughs. She (as I recall) had been periodically observing him, eyes fixated and motionless, peering in the general direction of a large impressive tree situated in front of his porch, possibly this particular house's very one.

After a seeming eternity had passed, she gathered her curiosity and went outside to inquire of the old man, "Whatever is it you keep staring at in that old tree out there, John? I've sat out here a number of times in my visit and never seen a thing save the occasional bird stopping to rest for a moment or two".

He smiled, according to the account and in turning to her proclaimed something to the effect that the particular tree in question was the home or a frequent refuge o many scores of different species, on different levels of occupation, in varying degrees of depths and of various textures and individual dimensional quirkiness. He said just before turning back to his work that he learned something or other new every time he assumed this posture.

The young lady, completely unoffended, quietly and appreciatively withdrew to the house.

Visited February 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“A visit with the past”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We took the tour of the Burroughs House with a well versed docent who was full of historical information of the family as well as Ft Myers as it was. The house was a kit house which surprised me.

Visited September 2012
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

A look at history and lifestyle that fascinates and educates. A perfect companion to the Edison Home next door.

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Thank Ed B
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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“The way it was”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Ft Myers is known for its beaches and the sun but visiting the Burroughs Home and Gardens is the way it was back in the day.Burroughs was a friend of Tom Edison who also was a snow bird in Ft Myers. The house allows us to view the way it was, large porches, view of the river,and a home to relax and enjoy life. A great place to visit, take a breath, and liv history.

Visited April 2013
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