Edison Winter Home, Fort Myers, FL Photos

Thomas Alva Edison (1874-1931) purchased this Florida property in 1885, prompted by the presence of bamboo which Edison needed for electric light filament experiments. The house he built became his lifetime winter home, which is now a museum.

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Seminole Lodge , winter home of Thomas Alva Edison, shipped precut from Maine. Fort Myers, FL.Compound of Edison Houses. Fort Myers, FL.Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Parlor of Edison's Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.
Seminole Lodge (1886), winter home of Thomas Alva Edison, shipped precut from Maine. Fort Myers, FL. Architect: Alden Frink.Compound of Edison Houses. Fort Myers, FL.Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Parlor of Edison's Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.
Fireplace in Edison's Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Dining room in Edison's Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Edison's mounted fish at Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Staircase at Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.
Fireplace in Edison's Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Dining room in Edison's Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Edison's mounted fish at Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Staircase at Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.
View from porch of Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Henry Ford's & Thomas Edison's winter homes were neighbors. Fort Myers, FL.Horse wagon with citrus at Edison Winter Estate. Fort Myers, FL.Original ranch buildings which stood on estate when Edison purchased property in 1885. Fort Myers, FL.
View from porch of Seminole Lodge. Fort Myers, FL.Henry Ford's & Thomas Edison's winter homes were neighbors. Fort Myers, FL.Horse wagon with citrus at Edison Winter Estate. Fort Myers, FL.Original ranch buildings which stood on estate when Edison purchased property in 1885. Fort Myers, FL.
Caloosahatchee River & Edison's dock. Fort Myers, FL.Palms & flowers on Edison Winter Estate. Fort Myers, FL.Mysore Fig part of the botanical gardens at Edison Winter Estate. Fort Myers, FL.Mysore Fig roots, one of many trees imported in Edison's quest for a rubber substitute. Fort Myers, FL.
Caloosahatchee River & Edison's dock. Fort Myers, FL.Palms & flowers on Edison Winter Estate. Fort Myers, FL.Mysore Fig (Ficus mysoriensis) part of the botanical gardens at Edison Winter Estate. Fort Myers, FL.Mysore Fig roots, one of many trees imported in Edison's quest for a rubber substitute. Fort Myers, FL.
Bamboo growing on the Edison Estate, the reason Edison bought the property, since he was experimenting with bamboo as a source of filaments for electric light bulbs. Fort Myers, FL.Rubber tree , one of many trees imported in Edison's quest for an American rubber substitute. Fort Myers, FL.

Bamboo growing on the Edison Estate, the reason Edison bought the property, since he was experimenting with bamboo as a source of filaments for electric light bulbs. Fort Myers, FL.Rubber tree (Ficus elastica), one of many trees imported in Edison's quest for an American rubber substitute. Fort Myers, FL.


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