Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates

We missed another get together with good food and good people in order to get out and do some sight seeing yesterday.  It was the warmest day for some days to come, and I was getting very stir crazy! 

We headed down to a neat place south of us.  Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had winter estates in Ft Myers, Florida.  Their homes were on the same piece of land and Edison had a lab there also.  We've been here a few times before, but we had not seen all of the museum yet.  It had the usual cool Edison inventions that I enjoyed seeing.  I think the first two pictures were my favorite things to see this visit:

and a picture of Helen Keller and her autograph which reads: To Mr. Edison  Not loudness but Love sounds in your ear my friend.  Helen Keller
For those that don't know, he was almost completely deaf.

Some of his inventions:

 
I love all of the cars on display there:

My very favorite thing here by far though is the Banyan tree.  All of this is the same tree, and I didn't begin to capture all of it because it was raining by the time I took these shots:

 
Living the life in chilly Florida!

12 comments:

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

We love visiting historic homes and America's castles, so naturally we'd planned to visit these estates on our first trip to Florida. We won't miss these on the next trip! Can't wait to see that tree! Amazing!

mandy said...

Loving your blog! Cannot believe I am just now finding it :)!!

little castle said...

Tonya-we love seeing historic homes too. There are a lot of older, beautiful homes down there. It's a neat place to visit.

little castle said...

Mandy, so glad you did find us. I'm drooling over the chocolate that you make/sell! When we are in the area, I will order some!

unschoolermom said...

This looks like a lot of fun! I love history, so something like this would be very interesting to me. Taliesin and Nathanael would love the inventions!

Kandy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loved this post (but you already knew that didn't you?). Can't wait to get back to Ft Meyers and see the estates again -- we went twice last year, and still didn't see it all. (Ford est. was closed for renovations when we were there.) Anyway --- glad it warmed up enough for you to get out of the house a bit.

little castle said...

Sallie, I have been there four times and just this past visit saw the last of what I hadn't before. There is so much to see. We will go back at least once more this year. Ford est. was closed last year when I went so I want to see that and the lab again. It is a wonderful place, isn't it?

Eileen said...

That is one trippy tree! I've never seen a picture of a Banyan tree before.

SpiderX said...

Hello, my wife and I are hoping to meet you and your husband and talk about your RV/Truck and your adventures in them. Please email smail[at]cfl.rr.com so we can possibly meet this Saturday. Thanks - Kevin & Susan

laurie l. goodman said...

o krystal, you are really living it up aren't you? i am always amazed at how much you guys do, see, take in, photograph and learn. you are truly making the most of this lifestyle. i admire you friend! you continue to be an inspiration!

little castle said...

Laur, thanks for the encouragement. Especially since I haven't felt that way with the colder weather. Truly wish you were here at the rally with us.

NOBIAH said...

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This series of free educational video pod casts is directed at kids ages 7-12. Each three-minute episode includes links to fun websites, a list of recommended books and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities about the topic.
New episodes are uploaded every two weeks. On 1/18 there will be an episode about Everyday Physics from the New York Hall of Science. On February 1, there's a show about Thomas Edison filmed at the new Thomas Edison Museum in West Orange New Jersey. And later in February, there is an episode on how to prepare for your school science fair.