Waterfront Food and Brew Festival Coming May 25!

Lush gardens reach all the way out to the river

Food, beer and live music enthusiasts are invited to the first-ever River District Food and Brew Festival on Saturday, May 25 from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens located right on the waterfront at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers. This festival is the only area festival set on the waterfront and is expected to become a popular annual event.

Guests will enjoy live music from Steve Farst’s acoustic guitar and other performers, with unlimited cold beer samples and great food from eight or more independent Southwest Florida craft breweries and restaurants. Just pitch a lawn chair or blanket on the lush, shaded lawn and relax as you enjoy the expansive waterfront views, craft beers, food, and fun activities. Read more

Inaugural Bridal Exposé Will Help Plan Your Wedding

The Burroughs Home & Gardens is taking reservations and finalizing plans for its inaugural “Brunch on the River: An Inspirational Bridal Exposé” to be held on November 11, 2018 to showcase the venue’s expansive waterfront views, alongside an array of over 45 wedding professionals and services.

The strolling tour will introduce engaged couples to the grandeur of this historic, 1901 Georgian Revival style mansion located at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Read more

New 3D Virtual Tour of Holiday House

Visitors can now see the historic Burroughs Home decorated for the holidays like never before, thanks to Fort Myers-based 3D Interspace Solutions. The company digitally scanned the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club’s 60th annual Holiday House using state-of-the-art, 4K ultra high definition (UHD) to create the 3D virtual tour of this annual event for worldwide viewers. The long time tradition of decorating for Holiday House is considered a gift to the visitors from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club. This year the homes are themed, “The Wonder of Christmas.” Read more

Jennifer Nelson Assumes Role of Executive Director

Jennifer I. Nelson has joined the Uncommon Friends Foundation today as its new executive director. She will oversee daily operations of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, the operation and maintenance of the Burroughs Home & Gardens, and oversight of the James Newton Archives. Nelson has been in senior management positions for eight years at Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, most recently as senior director of operations. Read more

Burroughs Home Hosts Final Tea Party of the Season

The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens will host its final tea party of the season on Tuesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. “The Victorian Fairy Painting Tea” is presented by local historical entertainer Laurie Nienhaus and will include a presentation of quality reprints of the great fairy paintings of the Victorian era. Guests will enjoy the scenery of the beautiful gardens from the dancing porch, while learning about the quirks associated with the unique genre of art. Light afternoon tea fare fit for a fairy will be served. Read more

Burroughs Home Offers Tours and Tea Parties

Laurie Nienhaus, Historian and Entertainer

The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens located at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, Florida is scheduling tea parties and entertaining luncheon programs on Mona’s dancing porch. Two different entertainment program formats are available. Guests can choose from monthly “Teatime Tuesdays” or combination “Tours with Tea” offered exclusively to groups of 10 or more on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Read more

Burroughs Home Hosts 100th Wedding in new Pavilion

Historic property offers amazing views! 

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 riverfront venue was completed in March 2015 and was paid for entirely from privately donated funds raised by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The pavilion sits nestled amid a lush canopy of mature oak trees with expansive water views. Read more

NEW! Tea Parties Added to Tour Choices

A New Twist on Tours at the Burroughs Home!

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. Read more

60th Anniversary of Holiday House

Holiday House 2016

The 2016 Holiday House tour of the historic Burroughs and Langford-Kingston homes located at 2505 and 2500 First Streets in downtown Fort Myers will begin December 8 at 5:00 p.m. with a VIP and Media Open House party and then will open to the public on Friday, December 9 and run nightly through December 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The festive, annual tradition is a magical, beautiful gift to the community from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club to celebrate the homes’ heritage and ignite our holiday spirit! Read more

Burroughs Home Hosts “Locals Appreciation Day”

Special summer weekend tour

The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens located along the downtown riverfront at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida is holding a special “Locals Appreciation Day” open house on Saturday, July 16th beginning at noon for Southwest Florida residents. Recent renovations have the historic property looking better than it has in a century. The home was built in 1901 and bequeathed to the City of Fort Myers in 1978. Today, it is managed by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Read more