The Henry Ford Museum in Fort Myers Florida

Written and photography by Gary Wonning

Edison’s good friend Henry Ford purchased the adjoining property, “The Mangoes” from Robert Smith of New York in 1916. Ford’s craftsman style bungalow was built in 1911 by Smith.

Along with the Edison Museum, the Ford estate is appropriately decorated fo the Christmas season.

The Fords would come to Florida in the winter to be close to their good friends the Edisons. Not only did they socialize, but  Henry and Thomas spent many hours in Edison’s lab perfecting many inventions that improved the lives of most Americans.

Simply, but beautifully decorated, the Ford estate provides a pleasing atmosphere to finish an enjoyable evening.

Henry Ford himself greets you as you enter the grounds.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

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