Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site and is one of the most visited historic homes in the nation. Visitors will feel like they stepped back in time when they tour the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the National Historic Chemical Landmark botanic laboratory, and the 15,000-square-foot museum filled with hundreds of inventions and artifacts.
Several tour options are available, including self-guided with hand-held audio, historian guided and specialty inside-the-homes and inside-the-lab tours, as well as a lab and museum only ticket. Groups are always welcome and parties of 20 or more will receive a discounted rate.
Science and history buffs will enjoy learning about the rubber research project and how Edison, Ford and Firestone researched more than 17,000 plants on a quest to find a source of natural rubber that could be commercially produced for use on automobiles, airplanes and other wartime needs.
The museum has two new exhibits. A Smithsonian Spark!Lab is a gallery of several hands-on, interactive stations where kids and their parents can create, experiment and discover how to be an inventor. The other new exhibit is the Timeline of Innovation, a chronological timeline of Edison’s and Ford’s inventions.
The gardens showcase plants and trees from all over the world, including the famous Banyan tree that is one of the largest in the United States. Trees and plants bloom all year round, so plant enthusiasts will always find beautiful blooms to admire. The gardens also include the award-winning Moonlight Garden.