Monday, November 16, 2009


Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) An American inventor.



On our recent “wandering” road trip to FORT MYERS, FLORIDA Linda and I had the opportunity to tour the Edison/Ford winter estates. We started with a little chat with Mrs. Edison.


Now Mrs.. Edison reminded us that her husband was born in Milan,Ohio


so if you are ever in Ohio take the time to stop by his birthplace. Now for a quick picture tour of the estate:


Looks like a nice place to hangout with President Harding,Ford,Firestone, and others. A lot of work coming up with  inventions. 100_4308   Back to the house:


Next stop office,workshop,and lab:


Edison was quite an angler and living right on the Caloosahatchee river in Fort Myers gave him many opportunities. In the photo below you can see the pier at his estate.

edisonpiercollage  That is Linda lower right holding onto some Bamboo. I’ve heard it said Edison made his own poles and tackle. If you would like to read about an encounter  Edison had with a shark CLICK. Edison also liked to do some camping.

camping I guess you dressed differently to go camping in the 1920s. Being the inventor he was maybe he came up with:

StudebakerRV_resized 1929 Studebaker RV. You think I’m kidding well read the story HERE.

Ted R. is taking a break so Mr. Gecko from the estate says, “Thanks for stopping by.”

Gecko Also, did you know Thomas Edison has his own NATIONAL PARK.

100_4334 Maybe next time Mr. Ford.


Gwendolyn L said...

This is an interesting trip you shared with us. Thanks for the story and all the links.

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic tour, Joe! Marvelous photos and really interesting information! Thanks, as always, for sharing!

Enjoy your week!


This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joe: Thanks for sharing this interesting part of your trip. Edison was a great inventor.

Carver said...

What an interesting tour and great shots.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

What a beautiful house and grounds. Really interesting post and photos, Joe.

Carletta said...

Thanks for the virtual vacation Joe! Nice shots.
Um, I'd have to agree on that camping dress. :)

BTW: Hope you find some quilt barns in your travels. They say they can be found coast to coast. I posted another one today.
Carletta’s Captures.

Martha Z said...

Great post. It is well worth a stop if one is in Fort Meyers.

Carolyn Ford said...

What an amazing road trip you had! I love the mosaic! Those tree trunks are the highlight of that scene! Thank you for taking us didn't know we were there did you?

Barb said...

Loved touring the estate with you and Linda, Joe. I hope you weren't taking "liberties" with Mrs. Edison! Sure am glad I don't have to clean all those rooms...Great pics!

Sistertex said...

Very nice tour. I will have to go and see it sometime. Excellent post. Also thank you for stopping by my blog!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Thanks for taking us on your tour of the Edison estate. Even though I lived in Venice, FL for about 3 yrs.-- we never went down to Fort Myers. I'd love to see that beautiful estate.

What did Mrs. Edison REALLY say to you??? ha ha ha

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very nice of you to share your visit. We went to the Estate several times last winter, but didn't get anything like the pictures you did. Hope we get a chance to try again later on this winter.

The guide told us that TAE's fishing pier extended even further out into the River, which wouldn't be allowed now of course.
I didn't know there was a National Historical Park to honor him. One more place to add to our never-ending list!

Ebie said...

This is a great series of photos! The post is so informative and great mosaics too!
What a lovely tour!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

a very famous inventor, I learnt about him as a kid.

Good thatyou pay him a tribute.

Lew said...

He was an interesting guy! I did not know he had a winter home in Florida. Thansk for the tour.

Marvin said...

Thanks for the interesting and informative tour of Edison's winter estate. It looks as if there's good money in being a success inventor.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the interesting tour in the life of Mr Edison, Joe! The interior of the house is magnificent!

Arija said...

Thank you for this most interesting of posts. At our age we no longer have the chance to visit such sites ourselves. The Prof worked in Rutherford's lab. in McGill so Edisons environment was interesting to us both.

LadyFi said...

Great photos. I'm a great admirer of Edison!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Great photos. I love this story. Such an interesting part of our American history. Actually, world history if you really think about it.