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“Tour an Old-Time Home”

Burroughs Home & Gardens
Ranked #35 of 112 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers' elite. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of Nelson & Adeline Burroughs, and so much more await visitors who want to take a step back in time. Guided Historical Tours are conducted by reservation only, at 11am. Days available for RSVP are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, pending accessibility of the property. Admission is $10 for Seniors 60 & up, $12 for Adults. For groups of ten (10) or more, Tours with Lunch on Mona's Dancing Porch are available. Please contact venue for details. Parking is located across the street, behind the Langford-Kingston Home. (2500 First Street) Recommended arrival time: 10:45am.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
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“Tour an Old-Time Home”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

We enjoyed the tour through the Burroughs Home in Fort Myers. Only one tour is presented per day, $12 per adult, at 11am, and guests cannot walk through on their own. Check the website to ensure the home is open the day you plan to visit. Parking is across the street, behind the brick house.

The docent who provided our tour did an excellent job presenting details of the origination of this home and the Burroughs family who owned it for so many years. The tour includes the main floor, second floor, and servants quarters on the third floor, along with a walk through the grounds, right on the river. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours. Much of the original furniture is gone (damaged in storage after hurricane) but many period items have been donated, so the home is interesting and lovely!

Visited March 2014
2 Thank SJS201158
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Definitely worthwhile!”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Don't miss this gem because it's not open every day. Many historic homes can no longer afford to be open daily. I found the hours for tours on their website. That said, full disclosure, this is one of my favorite historic homes and I've toured many over the years. This was my second visit to the Burroughs home, the first time was about 15 years ago. There is something very charming about it. This house is a fine example of elegant grandeur without being extravagant or ostentatious. The staircase is unique and photography is allowed throughout the house. This is one of the few homes of this size that allows you to tour the 3rd floor. The first time I visited it we were not allowed on the 3rd floor, but we bribed our tour guide with an additional donation to the house and he took us up after the regular tour:)

Visited February 2014
1 Thank grifprop
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Never open. Skip it.”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

You may drive all of the way here to find it closed. It is not open very often. I couldn't find literature so had no idea it wasn't open regular hours.
There was a lady there, but she wouldn't even let us walk on the porch and peek in.
We drove all the way from Naples to see this home. A lady in a historical center told us about it. Minimal advertising. I am sure they don't advertise, because they are closed more often than not.
Fortunately there was an art show in Ft. Myers so plenty to do. Good restaurants too. You may drive by this, but don't expect to go in. You think they would be open during a major festival.

Visited January 2014
6 Thank Dewey4321
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Westchester County, New York
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“"Whatever is it you keep staring at in that old tree out there, John?"”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

A visit to southwest Florida is amplified in character by visiting the period loyal homes of three nationally renowned camping buddies (as well as Harvey Firestone) who shared proximate Fort Myers snowbird status, Ford for a short time, Edison over many years, and John Burroughs, America's teddy bear foremost naturalist of his day. I remember being compelled to read some of the offerings of John Burroughs as a freshman in college with a typically flippant and resentful attitude so typical of male testosterone at that age. He reminded me of Kris Krinkle or Gabby Hayes, who I'd outgrown, for those who recall such reflection.

it was only over time that I gradually came to appreciate and respect Burroughs' prophetic insights and enormous efforts relative to the cause of natural preservation and our education as to its merits. I recall a story a famous visitor, whose name escapes me, once told of John Burroughs. She (as I recall) had been periodically observing him, eyes fixated and motionless, peering in the general direction of a large impressive tree situated in front of his porch, possibly this particular house's very one.

After a seeming eternity had passed, she gathered her curiosity and went outside to inquire of the old man, "Whatever is it you keep staring at in that old tree out there, John? I've sat out here a number of times in my visit and never seen a thing save the occasional bird stopping to rest for a moment or two".

He smiled, according to the account and in turning to her proclaimed something to the effect that the particular tree in question was the home or a frequent refuge o many scores of different species, on different levels of occupation, in varying degrees of depths and of various textures and individual dimensional quirkiness. He said just before turning back to his work that he learned something or other new every time he assumed this posture.

The young lady, completely unoffended, quietly and appreciatively withdrew to the house.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank preglad
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“A visit with the past”
Reviewed 2 May 2013

We took the tour of the Burroughs House with a well versed docent who was full of historical information of the family as well as Ft Myers as it was. The house was a kit house which surprised me.

Visited September 2012
Thank Fred K
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