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Updated: 12/25/2013 08:00:00AM

Live history at Edison/Ford

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Christmas lights come alive on the roots of a Mysore Fig as the sun sets over the Caloosahatchee River at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Holiday Nights will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4. It is closed today for Christmas.

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The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are beautifully decorated for the holidays.

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There are many Christmas trees decorated at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, including this one that, of course, has ornaments shaped like light bulbs.

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Take a close look at the Christmas trees around the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The trees will remain visible as part of Holiday Nights, which runs through Jan. 4.

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The inside of the homes at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates also are decorated for the holidays. This dining room is set for Mina Edison's real Christmas Eve dinner to include oysters and "good applesauce," as she expected.

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The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are decorated for the holidays with antiques from the time period in which the two great minds spent time in Fort Myers.

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The grounds of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates are beautiful at all times of the year, but they are especially magical during the holidays.

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Edison and Ford must have enjoyed sunsets like this one at their Winter Estates on the Caloosahatchee River.

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Edison's Laboratory is one of the most interesting places at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. It's remarkable to think about all his inventions, and how he worked on some of them right here in Southwest Florida.

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This statue of Thomas Edison greets visitors by the largest banyan tree in the country.

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Florida, with its newish history, its transient population and its propensity to color most everything in hues of weirdness, isn’t the state most immediately thought of as a place of significance in the story of America.

Sure, there’s Ponce de Leon. Sure, there’s some interesting Cuban connections. Sure, there’s always some strange footnotes attached to many chapters on elections.

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