Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison's laboratory at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a historical museum and 21 acre (8.5 hectares) botanical garden on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford in southwestern Florida. The research library contains over a thousand books on Fort Myers history, botany, as well as biographies on Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and their families.
The museum includes various artifacts and inventions, including many Edison phonographs. The grounds include a botanical laboratory that Edison used in a quest to identify a tree or plant that could provide a domestic supply of rubber. Other Edison-related museums can be found in New Jersey and Louisville, Ky. The Henry Ford Museum's Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich. houses two of the original Menlo Park buildings where Edison and his staff developed most of their inventions.