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The Edison and Ford winter estates in Fort Myers, Fla., are two adjacent homes, one belonging to inventor Thomas A. Edison and the other to automaker Henry Ford. Edison conducted numerous experiments inside his house, and there is also a museum highlighting many of his inventions. Here is the Botanic Research Laboratory on the Edison Estate, which visitors can tour daily.(Credit: Lee County VCB)

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Florida homes of the rich and famous

Ever wonder how the rich and famous live? You can see for yourself at the Florida homes of some famous former residents that are now open to the public. Among them are the onetime residences of inventor Thomas Edison, carmaker Henry Ford, author Ernest Hemingway and circus magnate John Ringling. Many of these homes, as one would expect, are elegant mansions with 50-plus rooms that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But, surprisingly, a few are relatively modest -- one actually did not even have a bathroom at first. Nine of the following 10 residences are open for tours -- to see the last, the former Casa Casuarina estate where fashion designer Gianni Versace lived, you'll have to take a meal or afternoon tea in the dining room or splurge for an overnight stay in what's become a luxury boutique hotel in South Beach.

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