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Edison Ford Estates offers 'holiday program' on Easter (Photos)

Easter Bunny card from 1907
Easter Bunny card from 1907, Image: Wiki

On April 17, 2014, the Edison Ford Winter Estates stated that they will be open on Easter Sunday, April 20 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. They are located in Fort Myers, Fla., and there will be many activities offered that day.

Their full program will include historian led tours throughout the day of the homes and gardens of the two inventors and their families. Audio tours will be available in English, German, French and Spanish, and there will be museum demonstrations throughout the day that will include the Edison phonograph every half hour.

In addition to providing the opportunity to explore the winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the site also offers opportunities for the public to enjoy its park-like environment. The Estates is available for special events, weddings, corporate functions, and art workshops.

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates boasts over 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. The museum contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries. The Edison Ford also offers a variety of other tours, insuring that there is something for everyone.

In addition, Edison Ford offers educational programs for adults and children throughout the year. Edison Ford members will be free during this special Easter Sunday!

Thomas Edison's winter home
Thomas Edison's winter home Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Thomas Edison's winter home

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates boasts over 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum which contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries.

The Edison Ford offers a variety of tours, insuring that there is something for everyone.

Easter bunny theory
Easter bunny theory Photo: Wiki

Easter bunny theory

The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known.

Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime).

Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter. The Ukrainian art of decorating eggs for Easter, known as pysanky, dates to ancient, pre-Christian times. Similar variants of this form of artwork is seen amongst other eastern European cultures. - Wiki

River Cruises at Edison Ford
River Cruises at Edison Ford Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

River Cruises at Edison Ford

Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.

Chocolate Easter Bunny
Chocolate Easter Bunny Photo: Wiki

Chocolate Easter Bunny

In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy (chocolate bunnies) and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday.

The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children.- Wiki

Aerial view of Edison Ford Estates
Aerial view of Edison Ford Estates Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Aerial view of Edison Ford Estates

In addition to providing the opportunity to explore the winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the site offers opportunities for the public to enjoy its park like environment for special events, weddings, corporate functions and meetings, exhibits and ongoing education programming.

Throughout the year, this National Register Historic Site, Florida Historic Landmark and Winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Restoration Award offers visitors of all ages a chance to step back into “old Florida."

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

Take a peek at the Edison Ford Virtual Tour to get a taste of tropical "old Florida" at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, including:

Museum Entrance
Banyan Tree
Edison Main & Guest House
Moonlight Garden

Thomas Edison in front of his home in Fort Myers, Fla.
Thomas Edison in front of his home in Fort Myers, Fla. Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Thomas Edison in front of his home in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a world class cultural and educational resource honoring the innovation and creativity of two of America’s most influential individuals, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.