The Thomas Edison winter estate and guest house in Fort Myers Florida. The present site dates from 1885, when Edison first visited Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home. His home, completed in 1887 and dubbed "Seminole Lodge", served as a winter retreat and place of relaxation until Edison's death in 1931. In 1947, Mrs. Mina Edison deeded the property to the City of Fort Myers in memory of her husband for the enjoyment of the public. It was opened for public tours in 1950.
Edison's residence is located on McGregor Boulevard which is lined (for 15 miles) on both sides with statuesque royal palm trees, the first 200 of which were imported from Cuba and planted by Thomas Edison himself. That same type of palm tree is pictured above.
Photo captured March 24, 2011.
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