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Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival style mansion was the scene of many social events that played host to Fort Myers’ elite like the Thomas Edisons, Henry Fords and Harvey Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time.

Take a peek inside of the Historic Burroughs Home by watching here.

For historical tours of this magnificent property click here.

The Burroughs Home & Gardens has come alive once again under the management of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. In addition to guided historical tours, the home is the perfect waterfront setting for your wedding, reception, private party, family gathering, or business event.

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2505 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239.337.9505
Weddings & Events

Nicole@burroughshome.com

239.470.1230

Historical Tours
239.337.9505
tours@burroughshome.com

History Of The Burroughs Home & Gardens

Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival style mansion was the scene of many social events that played host to Fort Myers’ elite like the Thomas Edisons, Henry Fords and Harvey Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time.

Take a peek inside of the Historic Burroughs Home by watching here.

For historical tours of this magnificent property click here.

The Burroughs Home & Gardens has come alive once again under the management of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. In addition to guided historical tours, the home is the perfect waterfront setting for your wedding, reception, private party, family gathering, or business event.

The Burroughs Home & Gardens contains a free-standing fountain, a grotto (the first one built in Fort Myers) fed by an artesian well, a secret garden with reflecting pool, gazebo, palm alley, and a tennis court that now holds the Gale McBride Pavilion. The garden features many varieties of palm trees, elephant ears, century-old oaks, ficus, bougainvillea, and birds of paradise. The site also contains a caretaker’s carriage house and utility shed that were built to echo the home’s architecture.

Nelson and Adeline Burroughs purchased the home in 1918. The Burroughs family was from Cherokee, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois. They became popular Southwest Florida winter residents, as well known for their business acumen as they were for their their spectacular parties in the moonlit, tropical gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs traveled the world, were married over sixty years, and raised four children. They had two daughters, Jettie and Mona, and two sons, Roy and Raynor, who died tragically. Jettie was the responsible older sister who handled the family business affairs. Mona married three times and was described as a fun-loving vagabond.We tell their stories on our tours–stories gleaned from oral histories, first-hand accounts, journals, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, photos, and items of material culture.

When Mona Burroughs Fischer died in 1978, she willed her home to the City of Fort Myers, stipulating that it be used as a park, library or museum. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and as a local, historic landmark in 1994. The Burroughs Home is managed by the Uncommon Friends Foundation which is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders, as well as historic preservation. The Foundation also safeguards the James Newton Archives and the remaining Burroughs family artifacts. The home and gardens are available for historical tours, teas, special events, weddings, receptions, and a spectacular, annual Holiday House in December.