Welcome to the Edison Pageant of Light
Edison Pageant of Light exists to perpetuate the memory of Thomas Alva Edison. Although he lived in New Jersey most of his lifetime, Fort Myers became the beloved winter home to the inventor. Edison established his winter retreat in Fort Myers in 1885 and spent many seasons at his estate until his death in 1931. While in Fort Myers, Edison brought national recognition to what was then a small town, enticing other notables to relocate to the area.
The Edison Pageant of Light was the inspiration of the late Robert Halgrim, newspaperman an personal friend of Mr. Edison. Mr. Halgrim wanted to create a celebration paying homage to the great inventor which would become a living memorial to the man himself. The Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club and the Jaycees enthusiastically helped him develop the mythical kingdom of Edisonia concept.
In 1938, seven years after Thomas Edison’s death, the related events became annual events and have remained since pausing only from 1942-1945 during the war.
The organization enjoys putting on a King & Queen’s Ball, a Coronation Ball, the Thomas Alva Edison Birthday Party & an Edison Festival of Light Parade Party. These popular and ever expanding events are a meaningful and fun tradition for members and community alike. These events take place and experience great success due to the generous efforts of Edison Pageant of Light members, committees and the Pageants community supporters.
Langford Kingston is Home of the Edison Pageant of Light
The Langford Kingston Home was built in 1919 for Walter G. Langford, a prominent Businessman who assisted in bringing the Atlantic Coast Line railroad to Fort Myers and organized the First National Bank of Fort Myers in 1907. George Kingston, inventor of the Kingston Carburetor purchased the home from Mr. Kingston’s Estate. The Kingston carburetor was used on Henry Ford’s experimental cars and Model T’s.
The Langford Kingston Home is the perfect venue for your wedding, reception, reunion, private party, or family gathering.
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