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 will be taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Willis is a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and is 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

EF Study Hall Program (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)
If you are slated to begin this school year with students in Lee Virtual School or Lee Home Connect, we are now offering a small group setting where students can complete their schoolwork onsite at Edison Ford, working with the same education staff who run our popular summer camp program. Day to day, the Study Hall program will operate similarly to a summer camp, with parent pick up and drop off. It will run on all days which Lee County schools are open.

Edison Ford Study Hall Program
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
What we provide:
  • Small group setting (8 students or less) for virtual schoolwork
  • Social distancing protocols for students and staff
  • Structured daily routine
  • Reliable computers, internet connection, and printers (students may also bring their own laptops, headphones, etc.)
  • Regular outside time on our 20 acre historic site
  • Field trips to our museum and historic structures during off-peak times
  • Trained education staff supervision at all times (note: tutoring is not available, but basic assistance and direction will be provided)
  • Strict staff safety protocols in place (masks and other PPE are used at all times, all staff receive daily temperature and wellness screenings, regular interaction limited to small group of education staff)
  • Daily sanitization of workspaces, bathrooms, and common areas
What you provide:
  • Virtual school registration
  • Daily snacks and lunches
  • A mask (students will receive regular breaks for snacks, water, and specific outside time when a mask is not required)
  • Grades 3-5: Drop off at 8am, pick up at 3pm
  • Grades 6-8: Drop off at 9am, pick up at 4pm
  • Per Week: Members: $100, non-members: $125 (cost will be prorated during weeks which a school holiday falls)