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Favorite thing: Visit the winter home of Thomas Edison. The 14-acre river estate of Edison was built in 1886 and is a must-see. Highlights of the estate include Edison's own experimental laboratories and gardens, a collection of vintage automobiles, and original Edison phonographs. Present in his meticulously maintained gardens is a banyan tree 400 feet in diameter! Another special spot on this tour is the laboratory where Edison worked changed goldenrod into rubber.
Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd.
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The Edison House
Favorite thing: The Edison House is now owned by the city of Ft. Myers, and they do an excellent job of keeping it well maintained. It's located right next door to the summer house of Henry Ford, who was a close friend of Edison's, and the two homes are really part of the same "complex". The real attraction however is not so much the houses themselves as the luxuriant gardens which surround them.
Another View of the Banyan
Favorite thing: I was only in Fort Myers for an afternoon, so I didn't really have a chance to explore the rest of the city. There is a museum on the grounds of the estate that has several exhibits about Edison's numerous inventions, particularly about his attempts to derive an efficient method of producing synthetic rubber from the goldenrod weed.
Edison's Banyan Tree
Favorite thing: A friend of Edison's brought him this Banyan tree back from India in the 1920s. When it was planted, it was only about four feet in diameter. Now it is the largest Banyan tree in the continental United States.
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