Thomas Edison / Henry Ford Winter Estates - Fort Myers

In 1910 Edison ordered the construction of a pool at his estate. This swimming pool was constructed of three parts shell, cinders and broken stone; two parts sand; and one part Edison Portland cement. It was reinforced with galvanized iron bars.

While Edison was not fond of swimming, his family enjoyed the pool. In 1920 Mina Edison wrote to her children: "Aunt Mary, Rachel and I [had] our first dip in pool. Water like ice so it was veritably a dip."

In 1929 Mina Edison hired contractors to improve the pool area. Through a local firm she purchased faience tiles, added dressing rooms, and a canopy. She called the finished product the "Tea House."

Thomas Alva Edison                            (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931)

Henry Ford                            (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)

                           Thomas Alva Edison (11 februari 1847 – 18 oktober 1931)

In 1885 bouwde Thomas Alva Edison een winterverblijf en laboratorium in Fort Myers. Kort daarna ontmoette hij Henry Ford en was zeer onder de indruk van diens ideeën. Een langdurige vriendschap heeft zich ontwikkeld tussen beide mannen. Ford bezocht Edison regelmatig in Florida tot het moment waarop zij buren werden in 1916.

In 1885 Thomas Edison built a winter home and laboratory in Fort Myers. Soon after, he met Henry Ford and was much impressed with the young man's ideas. A lasting friendship developed between them and Ford visited Edison every winter until they became neighbors in 1916.

                            Henry Ford (30 juli 1863 – 7 april 1947)

Henry Ford worked at many jobs before ending up at the Detroit Edison Illuminating Company, where he met Thomas Edison. They became such good friends that, in 1916 Ford bought the property next to Edison's winter home in Fort Myers. And the friends became neighbors.



Henry Ford had al meerdere baantjes achter de rug voor hij kwam te werken bij de Detroit Edison Illuminating Company, waar hij Thomas Edison ontmoette. Zij werden zulke goede vrienden dat Ford in 1916 het huis kocht naast Edison's winterverblijf in Fort Myers. De vrienden werden buren.