Burroughs Home & Gardens Offers Tours and Tea Parties

Expanded historical tour packages and tea parties add to the experience.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 14, 2017) 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.

Upcoming Teatime Tuesday luncheons with entertainment are scheduled for March 21 (“Tisanes to Tickle Your Fancy”); April 11 (“Victorian Fairy Art Tea”); and mid-May (date and program TBA). Guests will enjoy a light lunch and charming program by local entertainer Laurie Nienhaus on the history and health benefits of different types of teas through the ages. Ticket prices range from $26 to $28.

Groups of 10 or more can add a home tour to one of two entertaining luncheon programs, “For the Love of Lavender” and “How on Earth did Tea Make it This Far?” The lavender program revolves around the many uses and folklore of lavender and includes a light tea luncheon with culinary lavender. The tea program is quirky and entertaining, recounting tea’s journey through time and includes a light luncheon with culinary tea. Both programs begin with a tour of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens at 11:00 a.m. Ticket prices are $30.

Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. For reservations or more information about Teatime Tuesdays, Tours with Tea, or other tours, visit www.BurroughsHome.com or contact Tera Miller at Tera@BurroughsHome.com or call 239-337-9505.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. Proceeds from tours help maintain the Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida. For more information, visit https://uncommonfriends.org/.

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.

60th Anniversary of Holiday House in Motion “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” is Theme of Annual Event


The 2016 Holiday House tour of the historic Burroughs and Langford Kingston Homes located at 2500 First Street in downtown Ft. Myers will begin December 8 at 5:00 pm with a VIP and Media Open House party and then will open to the public Friday, December 9 and run nightly through December 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The annual, festive tradition is a magical, beautiful gift back to the community from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club to celebrate the homes’ heritage and ignite a holiday spirit in the community. Admission is $5 for adults, with military veterans and children under 10 free.

The theme this year is “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” and will feature thousands of lights both inside and outside of the homes, as each room in the historic homes is creatively decorated with holiday flare. Children will also enjoy a visit and a gift from Santa Claus in the upstairs room of the Langford-Kingston Home. Cookies, drinks and holiday music will also be part of the fun.

More than 200 women from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club will begin decorating the homes beginning Friday, December 2nd. The three-day decorating event draws in members from all over the community, including volunteer families and children as they help turn the homes into a beautiful holiday event for all to enjoy.

History of the Homes:
Wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline purchased the Burroughs Home in 1918 www.burroughshome.com/. The 2½ story, 6,000 square foot, turn-of-the-century, Georgian Colonial Revival mansion was originally built in 1901 by John T. Murphy, a cattleman from Montana. It sits on 2.45 acres overlooking the Caloosahatchee River and features stained glass windows, a widow’s walk, a sweeping veranda, and a winding, grand staircase. It soon became one of the jewels of “millionaire’s row” at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.

Directly across the street at 2500 First Street is the historic Langford-Kingston home www.thelangfordkingstonhome.com/ that was built in 1919 by Walter Langford in the Chicago Bungalow style architecture. The 5,232 square foot, red brick home features a large front porch with massive supports, front stoop, and grand entrance staircase. Langford died a year later and the home was sold to George Kingston, who invented the Kingston carburetor.

Open House July 16 at historic Burroughs Home for “Locals Appreciation Day”


Year-round residents to enjoy 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.

The 2½ story, 6,000 square foot home is a beautiful example of turn-of-the-century, Georgian Colonial Revival architecture common in Fort Myers at the time. From the new white, picket fence to its new roof and electrical upgrades, the Burroughs Home is all decked out and ready to greet local residents, as docents tell stories of the three families who have lived there and its historical significance. Tour the stately interior of the home and stroll the beautiful grounds looking out to the Caloosahatchee River.

To make reservations for the Saturday, July 16th special tour, email tera@burroughshome.com or call 239-337-9505. The roughly one-hour tour costs just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over, $5 for children, and is free to veterans. Advance reservations are required. Guests may pay by cash, check or credit card. Ample parking is located directly across the street behind the Langford-Kingston Home located at 2500 First Street (bounded by Hough, First and Fowler Streets.) Recommended arrival is 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It is located at the Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida. For more information, visit https://uncommonfriends.org/.

“Uncommon Friends: The James D. Newton Collection” opens at FGCU Library February 25 to April 22


Opening Reception – February 25, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is opening a new exhibit in its library entitled, “Uncommon Friends: The James D. Newton Collection” on Thursday, February 25 with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and located in room 322 in the library at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in its Archives and Special Collections Galleries on the third floor.  The exhibit will remain on display February 25 through April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday at the same location. Parking is available in garage 1 (PG1) from which you can walk between the lakes to the library entrance.

James D. Newton (1905-1999) was a prominent twentieth century entrepreneur and author of “Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh,” which recounts his friendship with these visionary figures. The exhibit follows Newton, a young Fort Myers real estate developer, to a fated encounter with Mina Edison that would alter the course of his life. His friendships with the likes of Edison and Ford would inspire him throughout his adventurous life, including his time enlisted in the United States Army and his subsequent involvement with the Moral Re-Armament movement. Much like their influence on the twentieth century, these men would have lasting impact on Newton’s life until his death at the age of 94 in 1999.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993 and named after Newton’s memoir, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders and the historic preservation of James D. Newton’s papers, photographs and artifacts in the City of Fort Myers. In 2012, the Uncommon Friends Foundation and Florida Gulf Coast University Library partnered to digitally preserve and provide public access to this captivating collection of materials that can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/1SLTjNF.

For more information, contact Melissa VandeBurgt, Head of Archives, Special Collections & Digital Initiatives, FGCU Library at (239) 590-7658 or Kaleena Rivera at (239) 590-7506.