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Henry Ford’s 156th Birthday Celebrated at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

July 10, 2019
FL Guide

To honor Henry Ford, the automobile icon, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates will celebrate his 156th birthday on July 30. The day will start off with a free presentation about Ford at 11:30 a.m. on the museum porch (regular admission prices apply to tours of the homes, museum and lab). Cookies and lemonade will be served.

Both guided and self-guided tours are available and visitors can learn about the inventions of both Ford and Edison and how the two men became acquainted. During tours, site historians explain that Ford worked for Thomas Edison, they became research partners and eventually very good friends. Many other details are described, including how the two inventors first met at a convention in New York in 1896. At that meeting, Ford described his first automobile, the quadricycle, and Edison encouraged him to continue with his experiments. That encouragement catapulted Ford's career and changed the direction of the automobile industry.

The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For tour times and admission rates, visit

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

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