Creative Place – Thomas Edison Estate in Fort Myers, Florida


You know those places you visit that remind you of who you want to be? Thomas Edison’s winter estate and laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida was one of those for me. Sitting next door to Henry’s Ford’s winter home, exploring this estate is like taking a time machine to get a glimpse into Thomas Edison’s life.

With rain pounding our car as we drove up, Joy and I ran underneath one of the largest banyan trees in the world (above – it’s much bigger now) into the main building. The rain, even after it subsided set a moody feel to the grounds as we explored the old buildings, gardens, museum and Edison’s laboratory.

For some reason, that morning there marked me. It’s one of those things you can’t really describe, but I was just struck with a feeling of curiosity and exploration. It resonated with alot of my boyhood explorations full of wonder, imagination and Calvin and Hobbes.

It gave me a glimpse of a creative man living a creative life…and seeming like he enjoyed it. These vintage photos seem to capture some of the charm and environment there.


There was a sense of exploration all over the estate – from exotic plants to beautiful gardens to his laboratory. Being there, I couldn’t help but get excited about exploring life in my own little ways. Whenever I think about it, I get excited all over again to delve into art, creativity, and creative places.

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