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The petting zoo has been such a hit with area children that Edison & Ford Winter Estates will have the animals back onsite at the end of the month. Kids will have the chance to pet a goat, duck, chicken, pig, sheep, calf and rabbit.

This is a great learning experience for children that may not otherwise have exposure to farm animals. 

Thomas Edison had several animals at his winter estate. Like most working farms, he had dogs and cats, plus a cow, horse and many chickens. Reportedly, he drank a lot of milk so he purchased a cow in 1908. He used a horse to pull the lawn mower and for transportation into town. He also had a lot of chickens and sold the eggs at the nearby market. In 1917, Edison had more than 60 chickens living on the property. 

The petting zoo will be set up in the Heritage Gardens at the Garden Shoppe. Seating is available on the nearby covered museum porch that has ceiling fans. Parking is available in the main parking lot off McGregor Boulevard and along Larchmont Avenue. 

Upcoming petting zoo dates include July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 30. Hours will be from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $1 per child. 

For additional information, call 239-334-7419.

Celebration

Henry Ford’s 153rd birthday celebration will  take place at Edison & Ford Winter Estates on July 30. Events include living characters Henry and Clara Ford; serving of birthday cake; special Ford estate tours; quadricycle presentation/Demo of and talk on 1923 Ford Model T. $25 general admission. Free admission on July 30 for active and retired Ford Motor Company employees. Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. edisonfordwinterestates.org; 334-7419

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