Car Rentals Fort Lauderdale and the Edison and Ford Winter Estates
One of the popular excursions to take in Fort Myers is to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Yes, we are talking about the inventor Thomas Alva Edison and the renown car maker Henry Ford. The facility is just a short drive down McGregor Blvd. in your Fort Myers car rentals.
Park your Fort Myers car rental in the convenient on site parking lot and enjoy your tour. Both homes of these famous people are open for tours and offer you a peek into a nostalgic era of gentile living. The architectural detail, furniture, and decor are reminiscent of gracious life style and with verandas open to the gentle evening breezes off the Caloosahatchee River, guests and family were able to enjoy cool pleasant evenings. Further for his guests and childrenís amusement, Edison built a 7-foot deep pool of Edison Portland Cement. This process is an example of Edisonís successful experimentation. The Edison home contains many of his innovations that we would appreciate in our own homes today.
After touring part of this 20-acre facility you will enjoy a break with either a light snack or lunch in the designated picnic area. Pluck your picnic lunch from your Fort Myers car rentals, wandering over to the picnic areas you will enjoy eating al fresco with the colorful birds chirping sweetly, the gentle breeze and the delightful scents of the gardens.
The gardens at street side and further on the grounds are beautiful, unique gardens with domestic and imported plants. Two focal points are the African sausage tree and a magnificent Banyan tree, a gift from Harvey Firestone of Firestone Tires. The sausage tree is so named because of its sausage-like seedpods. Having over 1000 different kinds of plants originally, the gardens were experimental in nature being an outdoor laboratory and inspiration for Edisonís research. Numerous exotic orchids abound in the mango tree and in the ground level gardens. Enjoy the sights and scents of the unique plants such as Flower of Love, Ylang Ylang perfume tree and Chinese Hat with its orange flowers that attract tiny, colorful hummingbirds. Donít forget to visit the Garden gift shop where you can purchase items related to the plants and gardens and then store them in the trunk of your Fort Myers car rentals.
On these expansive grounds is the museum, which houses many examples of this great inventor. His inventions, patent ideas and prototypes are on display for all to marvel. Over 200 of his phonographs are collected here too. Henry Ford gave Edison, his friend and neighbor, a rare Model T Ford, which is also housed in the museum. Perhaps this is the ancestor to your Fort Myers car rental.
No visit to the home of such a prestigious inventor could be complete without a visit to his work place. Edison kept a cot in his laboratory for quick little snoozes, as he would work until he was exhausted or hungry. The workshop is perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the tour. Edison spent hours in here developing his solutions and researching ideas. One extremely interesting work was his research into producing an inexpensive nature source of latex. Since latex is used to make rubber and rubber became very expensive in the 1920s this was important. Through his work Edison found that a natural source of latex could be found in the weed goldenrod. A 3 to 4 foot plant could deliver about 5% latex but Edison developed a 12-foot plant that would deliver 12% latex. Of course his friends and colleges Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone who had vested interests in this process helped with their expertise, ingenuity and money. Today your Fort Myers car rental benefits from Edisonís work.
A tour of the Edison and Ford Estates is both enjoying and educational, offering a family-oriented experience that will both amuse and enlighten you during your Fort Myers vacation.