Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanical Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, Caretaker's House and the Ford House.
Etiquette at the Edison Ford
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Historical records in the Edison archives show Mina Edison, wife of legendary inventor Thomas Edison, as a gracious hostess and interested in the well-being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Edison Ford, includes a one day (two hour) lesson in timeless etiquette and social skills.

Etiquette at Edison Ford
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00

Lessons in Manners for the Generations.
All sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students ages 6-12 will gather at the Edison Caretaker's House for a two hour lesson in good manners. This class teaches children proper introduction, handshakes, and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion.

The classes are taught by Suzanne Willis who teaches similar classes at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Willis is a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and a Fort Myers native. Willis created her etiquette classes in honor of her grandmother, Florence "Mimi" Black.


COST: Edison Ford Members $75    Non-Members $85

Session March 26, 2022: Saturday, March 26, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM OPEN

Homeschool Program 2021-2022 Science Scholars
Homeschool Science Scholars (GRADES 1-6)

Homeschool students explore science, engineering, history, and the world of Edison and Ford . All classes are 10am to 12:00pm.

  • Grades 1-3: 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Grades 4-6: 2nd Thursday of each month

January - Animation and Game Design
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
January – Animation and Game Design: computer science, and design.
Using the code platform Scratch: students learn the foundational logic used in various code languages as they design their own characters and simple game.

February - Architecture and Design
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
February – Architecture and Design: 3D printing, computer aided design, architecture.
Students work with 3D printers, pens, and computer aided design, as they explore design and the layout of Thomas Edison’s winter residence!

March - Remote Robotics
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
March – Remote Robotics: teleoperation, mechanics, code. Students begin their robotic exploration with mechanical principles. Mechanical challenges are overcome as students design features that can be controlled remotely.

April - Autonomous Robotic
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April - Autonomous Robotics: computer science, design.
A challenging LEGO robotic field is tackled by students who control their robot with pre-designed code.

Emerging Inventors 2021-2022 Program

EMERGING INVENTORS • Ages 18 months to 5 years old

Children will play, learn, and gain valuable social skills as they explore the hands-on Wizard's Workshop space. Each session, children will interact with different hands-on activities and challenges.

1st Tuesday of every month Sept-April, 9am to 10am; one adult and one child

Members: $10/$70 for series, non-members: $15/$105 for series

Emerging Inventors
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
1st Tuesday of every month Sept-April, 9am to 10am; one adult and one child
Ages 18 months to 5 years old