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  Edison's lab just before he died
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  • Edison's lab just before he died - Fort Myers
      Edison's lab just before he died
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We were one of the first ones in the parking lot. This is the way to see Edison's house as otherwise you will have to wait in a long line.

I thought it would be nice to have a cruise on the replica of Edison's electric boat, so we got a ticket for "The Works" which included the lab, the grounds, the museum, and the Edison house and Ford house in addition to the boat trip. The tickets were $20 each, but I had a coupon out of the local area map for $2 reduction on any adult admission which made them $18 each.

The boat was scheduled for 9:40 and we were to be at the front at 9:30. So first we went through the museum, which had a lot of the old gramophones, old photos, and the story of the reconstruction - we weren't going to be able to go into Edison's house because it was being renovated (photo 3) - both termite and hurricane damage.

When it came to 9:30, it was still too foggy, so first we went on the house and garden part of the tour (waterlily and bourganvilla pictures) and then on the lab tour.

The pool (photo 5) was in much better shape than I remembered - not all full of algae. We went by the lab that was constructed so that the original lab could be moved, but Edison would still have someplace to go. Ford's house wasn't on the tour when we went before so that was all new.

We went back across the street and I wanted to check with the tour desk about boat ride times, but Bob persuaded me to go to the lab first.

We got finished with the tour around 11:45, but they said our first chance to go was about 2 pm, so we declined.

Address: 2350 McGregor Blvd.
Directions: Just to the west of downtown Ft. Myers.
Phone: 239 334 7419
Website: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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