Historic Burroughs Home & Gardens Reaches 100 Weddings at its Waterfront Pavilion

Historic property offers wedding and event venue unique to Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. – January 24, 2017 – The Uncommon Friends Foundation proudly announces the Gale McBride Pavilion at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens has reached the major milestone of hosting its 100th event at the facility. The 4,000 square foot riverfront venue was completed in March 2015 and was paid for entirely from private donated funds raised by the Uncommon Friends Foundation.  The pavilion sits nestled amid a lush, canopy of mature oak trees with expansive water views.

“Having my wedding at the Burroughs home was amazing,” said Becca Henry, a bride recently married at the Burroughs Home and Gardens.  “As a bride, it was so nice to have flexible options to create the atmosphere that I wanted without limitation. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding at a more perfect location.”

The pavilion continues to host events for people seeking the beauty that can come with an outdoor event and, at the same time, protection from the unpredictable Florida weather.  The Historic Burroughs Home & Gardens is located at 2505 First Avenue in downtown Fort Myers and features a 1901 Georgian Colonial Revival architecture mansion on 6,000 square feet of lush gardens.  The home is recognized in the National Historic Registry.  The property is owned by the City of Fort Myers and operated by the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

The Gale McBride Pavilion is another example of a public/private partnership that so many local nonprofits enjoy. Major donors such as Edison National Bank, Gates Construction, Johnson Engineering, the Berne Davis Trust, former Board Chair Gray and Lucy Davis, and the Gale McBride Foundation generously supported the pavilion construction project and gifted it to the City of Fort Myers and its citizens. Gates Construction, Johnson Engineering and Schenkel & Shultz Architecture completed the pavilion construction March 2015.

For more information on weddings and events at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, visit http://burroughshome.com, call (239) 337-0706, or email events@burroughshome.com. To schedule guided historical tours, call (239) 337-9505 or email tera@burroughshome.com. The property is available to the public by reservation. All rental revenues go toward maintenance and management of the Burroughs Home & Gardens.

Tour and Tea

A New Twist on Tours at the Burroughs Home!

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida, January 27, 2017:  Groups of 10 or more wishing to tour the historic Burroughs Home can now add an adventurous tea experience, with the option of one of two programs! Presented by local author, speaker, and playwright Laurie Nienhaus, guests can choose from either “For the Love of Lavender” or “How On Earth Did Tea Make It This Far?”.

Following both of these short, fun programs is light tea fare. For the Love of Lavender, all scrumptious selections feature lavender. For How On Earth Did Tea Make It This Far, the appetizing assortments feature items using tea as an ingredient.

Reservations are necessary and seating is limited! (Must be booked 2 weeks prior to selected date.) To reserve this delightful day for your group, email or call Tera Miller at 239.337.9505 or tera@burroughshome.com. The cost is only $30 to attend, which includes both the guided historical tour & tea program. The Burroughs Home is located at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers.

Teatime Tuesdays Return to Mona’s Dance Porch


Tea Adventurers & History Lovers Rejoice!

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida, January 27, 2017:  Teatime Tuesdays with local speaker and playwright, Laurie Nienhaus, start again on Tuesday, February 14 at the Burroughs Home. Beginning at 1:00 pm, For Dark Chocolate Lovers Only will find guests sampling six different single origin dark chocolates and pairing them with a single estate Assam tea.

Teatime Tuesdays are designed to give guests a rounded experience that includes unusual culinary delights and interesting, informative historical and/or tea related programs. March’s Teatime Tuesday will feature Tisanes to Tickle Your Fancy & Your Health on the 21st. April will see The Victorian Fairy Art Tea.

Reservations are necessary and seating is limited! Reservation lists automatically close one week prior to event. To hold your seats today, email or call Tera Miller at 239.337.9505 or tera@burroughshome.com. The cost to attend is only $28. The Burroughs Home is located at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers.