In 1885 Thomas Edison started spending his winters in the little southwest Florida town called Fort Myers. He built a home and laboratory on 14 acres on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River (accessible from the north by weekly mail boats). Later, at a convention, Edison met Henry Ford who started visiting him at his Florida home. The friendship grew until Mr. Ford was able to purchase the property adjoining Edison's.
Both of these famous men's estates can be visited through guided tours conducted daily:
9 AM-4 PM
Also, visitors to the Edison-Ford Winter Estates now have the opportunity to experience Mr. Edison's favorite pastime, his
ELECTRIC LAUNCH. Edison used his launch called "Reliance" to travel, entertain, and fish the Caloosahatchee River.
Visitos can step aboard one of four replica's of his launch for a thirty-minute river cruise along the banks of the river.
Phone: Homes: (239334-3614
- Historical Travel
A very unique shop exists in Fort Myers Beach called "The Beach Book Nook. This wonderful store is owned by Phyllis & Tom Lumley and specializes in paperback exchanges, new books to purchase (both hardback and paperback), and books to rent.
The store is quite well organized by genre and then alphabetically by author's last name.
The New books are all up front on racks and shelves. The used books are the mid and back sections of the store on shelves.
If you bring in your used books in good shape, you will be given store credit. I took in 19 books and was given $40.00 in credit. I took that credit and purchased 5 new paperbacks.
They have over 10,000 new and used books. In addition, they carry guides, local books, cook books, young adult and children books, book covers, maps, post cards, and audio books.
The N.Y. Times Top Selling Hardbacks in fiction and non-fiction can also be rented (deposit required on rentals). They will also special order any book.
Phyllis is friendly, helpful, and honest. It's a "laid back" atmosphere, the perfect setting to discover books!
The hours for The Beach Book Nook:
Monday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday 10 AM-4 PM
7205 Estero Blvd
Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931
As Phyllis always says, "Browsers are Welcome!"
- Budget Travel
- Arts and Culture
One Saturday night during our stay in Bonita Springs, we went to Mann Hall in Fort Myers to see the Broadway musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar".
The 2003-2004 season included:
"Jesus Christ Superstar"
The Variety Series included:
The Four Tops
The Doobie Brothers
The Lord of the Dance
The Beach Boys
Peter, Paul & Mary
During the holidays "The Nutcracker" was performed by the Sarasota Ballet and featured the Southwest Florida Symphony and Chorus.
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is a facility of Edison Community College
The theatre has elevators, full service bars, handicapped parking, restrooms, and infrared listening systems.
"Jesus Christ Superstar" was an updated version, and it was quite powerful. We truly enjoyed every minute of it.
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel