Democratizing Wintering in the South

Judith Ann Trolander

in From Sun Cities to the Villages

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036045
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038988 | DOI:
Democratizing Wintering in the South

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This chapter describes how the rich discovered the pleasures of a Florida winter in the late nineteenth century, and people of much more modest means were not far behind them. This chapter begins with the elite and introduces Edison. In his own personal situation, the reason he built two identical houses in Fort Myers was his expectation that his business partner would join him there. However, Edison quickly “had a falling out” with that man. Then, in 1916, automaker Henry Ford built a bungalow next to the Edison property so he and his wife “could winter with the Edisons.” The Edison story is a good example of one migrant attracting another, but other members of the elite promoted wintering in or at least traveling to, Florida on a more significant, national scale.

Keywords: Florida winter; nineteenth century; Edison; Fort Myers; Henry Ford

Chapter.  14283 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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