Inventor Thomas Edison and industrialist Henry Ford were not just good friends, they were neighbors in Fort Myers, where they liked to spend their winters. Their adjacent homes are now part of a 17-acre historical site, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, where you can explore the cold weather retreats and learn about the men’s time there.
Both the Edison and Ford families collected handmade quilts, embroidered linens and other textiles. Continuing the tradition, members of the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild and Southwest Embroidery Guild meet monthly at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates to demonstrate their work and answer questions.
The next Quilting and Stitchery Demonstration is 10 a.m.-noon on Sept. 28.
A demonstration is included in the Edison Ford Complete Tour admission. Items will be available for purchase. The site includes historical buildings, gardens, a research lab and museum. The
Edison Main House, Guest House and Caretaker’s House, and the Ford House, are among the newly-restored buildings.
The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property, including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
Info: 238-334-7419, www.edisonfordwinterestates.org