Thomas Edison's Fort Myers Laboratory

Summary

This well-equipped laboratory enabled Edison to carry on his investigations even as he seemed to seek a break from business and other matters. The first building to be completed in Greenfield Village, it had a second experimental life, offering seclusion to a select group of Ford Motor Company engineers tasked with developing the Ford V-8 engine in the early 1930s.

This well-equipped laboratory enabled Edison to carry on his investigations even as he seemed to seek a break from business and other matters. The first building to be completed in Greenfield Village, it had a second experimental life, offering seclusion to a select group of Ford Motor Company engineers tasked with developing the Ford V-8 engine in the early 1930s.

Artifact

Laboratory

Date Made

1885

Creators

Kennebec Framing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Maine, Fairfield 

United States, Florida, Fort Myers 

Creator Notes

Prefabricated building manufactured by Kennebec Framing Co. in Fairfield, Maine in 1885; it was erected in Fort Myers, Florida in 1886.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Edison at Work District

Object ID

28.998.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Thomas A. Edison.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Glass (Material)

Technique

Prefabrication

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