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Digital Discussion: The Amish and Amish-Mennonites of Sarasota, Florida

July 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Free

Throughout the 1920s, the Edison family spent a lot of time in Fort Myers. When the Edison’s were in Southwest Florida, the Amish began traveling to Pinecraft, a campground and neighborhood in Sarasota, just north of Fort Myers. The earliest Amish and Mennonite visitors traveled to Florida to escape cold temperatures up north. They also wanted more opportunities to farm during the winter months. Although their farming efforts were not successful, Pinecraft became a major vacation destination for these communities throughout the United States and Canada. Today, roughly 5,000 people visit each year, primarily in the winter. In this discussion, Program Manager, Holly Shaffer, will discuss the history of these groups in Pinecraft and why they still visit there today.

Details

Date:
July 20
Time:
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cost:
Free
Event Tags:
Website:
https://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/

Organizer

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Phone:
239-334-7419
Email:
info@edisonfordwinterestates.org
Website:
https://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

Venue

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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