Fort Myers’ founder: the Edison Caretaker’s House

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The title for Fort Myers’ oldest building goes not to a grand residence, but to a humble structure that is the Edison Caretaker’s House. Built around 1885, it predates Thomas Edison’s purchase of the property. Originally used as a cattleman’s house, Edison used it for his caretakers while he built his winter estate. Today, incorporated into the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, the Edison Caretaker’s House stands as a testament to the area’s history before its association with the famous inventor. Visitors can explore this well-preserved example of a “cracker” style house, offering a glimpse into early Fort Myers life.

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