Published: Jul 30, 2014 8:47 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Even though Henry Ford passed away more than half a century ago, he left his mark on Southwest Florida.

Born on July 30, 1863, if Ford was still alive today he'd be 151 Wednesday. To mark this occasion his former winter home and museum, The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the day and his life.

All current and former Ford Motor Company employees will be granted free admission to the museum which includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab and museum.

The museum will also give visitors rare access in a special behind-the-scenes tour of “The Mangoes,” the winter estate of Henry Ford and his family, beginning every half hour starting at 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ford bought his vacation residence in Fort Myers, next to Thomas Edison in 1916. Today the estates boasts 20 acres of botanical gardens and nine historic buildings just outside downtown Fort Myers.

Additional info and directions to the The Edison & Ford Winter Estates can be found here: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org