FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dating back to 1885, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates have served as a welcome getaway from the cold winters of the north for both of these respective families as icons of American industry. Today, the estate has been restored and includes an historical museum and a 21-acre botanical garden adjacent to the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford along the Caloosahatchee River. In Southwestern Florida. It has been preserved for tours and events such as weddings, corporate gatherings and even car shows. In early March every year, the Estate hosts it annual car show, where more than 100 examples of Ford Motor Company vehicles are displayed from private owners as a tribute to Henry Ford. Along with the show on-site, the Estate hosts a food truck and music and allows all participants to tour the gardens, museum, laboratory, and even visit the historic homes.
This year, a variety of pre-1980’s Fords and Lincolns gathered on the property to make up a show well worth attending for any Ford fan. While touring the grounds, participants got to see everything from early Model T’s to a fleet of mid-1950’s to ’60’s Thunderbirds, and even a row of Mustangs. The Estate also opened up a few garages to show off some of the original personal vehicles of the Ford family. If you missed out on this notable once-a-year event, don’t fret; just take a look through Ford enthusiast and SAAC-MCR club founder Jeff Burgy’s photo gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JEFF BURGY