Historic Burroughs Home Property Gets Much Needed Makeover

Burroughs Home & Gardens with new fence and roof

The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens located along the downtown riverfront at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida is looking better than it has in a century.  The home, built in 1901 and bequeathed to the City of Fort Myers in 1978, is under the management of the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

The 2½ story, 6,000 square foot home is a fine example of turn-of-the-century Georgian Colonial Revival architecture common in Fort Myers at the time. Many needed repairs and upgrades to the home have been completed over the last nine months to help preserve it for future generations. Perhaps most noticeable is the replacement of the crumbling, 570 foot long, white picket fence surrounding the property. The new white picket fence has been milled from pine and hand cut in keeping with its historical style and design.

In addition to a new fence, visitors will notice the new roof. Over the years, the roof of the stately mansion had fallen into disrepair from mildew and termites. Classic cedar shingles and copper downspouts befitting the home’s unique styling are now in place. In addition, the home’s original fuse panels have been upgraded with new breaker systems for added safety. All three projects totaling $565,000 were completed by Chris-Tel Construction on behalf of the City of Fort Myers.

Lastly, a new water drainage system now aligns the back side of the property near the new Gale McBride Pavilion. The project, paid for by the Uncommon Friends Foundation and completed by HONC Industries, enables full utilization of the home and gardens during the rainy season, allowing for events year-round.

Reservations for tours of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens are available at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. Weddings and special events are currently being booked for the historic riverfront mansion and outdoor pavilion. For more information, contact Tera Miller at tera@burroughshome.com or call 239-337-9503.

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/.