Uncommon Friends Foundation Establishes Walk of Friendship

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Uncommon Friends logo pic Since 1992, the Uncommon Friends Foundation has worked to preserve the historic Burroughs Home. Built in 1901, the house became a cultural centerpiece of Florida’s Fort Myers River District. Its owner, Nelson T. Burroughs, enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Uncommon Friends founder Jim Newton and welcomed a variety of prominent guests to his now-historic home, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. In honor of this camaraderie, Thomas Edison began a paved walkway on the grounds of the Burroughs Home to commemorate the lives of his friends.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation recently continued this tradition, establishing the Walk of Friendship. Supporters may purchase paved stones to honor both individuals and organizations, creating an enduring reminder of their significance. The stones will serve as a walkway leading to the Gaile McBride Pavilion, a new meeting space adjacent to the Burroughs Home. Funded by generous donations to the foundation, the pavilion will host various cultural events, character education classes, and additional activities in line with the goals of the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

Uncommon Friends Foundation Establishes Walk of Friendship

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Uncommon Friends logo pic The Walk of Friendship at the Burroughs Home in Florida allows donors to honor or memorialize individuals, organizations, and companies with paved stones customized with a message. These stones will serve as the walkway into the future pavilion directly next to the Burroughs Home. Funded by the McBride family, the pavilion will serve as a space for events, meetings, classes, and cultural events.

The idea for the Walk of Friendship originated with Thomas Edison, who created similar walkways in Fort Myers Beach in the 1920s in honor of Henry Ford and Jim Newton. Individuals can follow in Edison’s footsteps by purchasing stones for the walkway to honor people or entities that have contributed to the community over the years. All proceeds from the sale of the stones will go to support character education coursework that will take place at the new pavilion.