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View of Edison's winter home seen from a river-boat.

Edison's winter home in Ft. Myers, Florida, about 1905

In 1885 Edison and his friend, Ezra Gilliland spent some vacation time in Florida, including a few days fishing on the Punta Rassa River near Fort Myers. Later that year Edison purchased thirteen acres of land for $3,000, and he and Gilliland erected winter homes on the property in 1886. It is now the location of the Edison Winter Home and Museum.

Photo courtesy of The Edison-Ford Winter Estates

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