I met Kristina and her family at Gray Gables on Sanibel Island. They are lucky enough to know the owners and get to enjoy a little slice of paradise. And I just love the papaya dresses!! So fun and tropical.
Here’s a fun little history on the Gray Gables home.
The Nutt family home is the oldest residence on Sanibel. Laetitia Ashmore Nutt was the widow of Louisiana state senator, Confederate captain, and attorney, Leroy Nutt. In 1889, she brought her three grown daughters, her brother, and her mother-in-law to Sanibel and was granted a 160-acre homestead. The family built Gray Gables, their charming home, on beachfront land with an eye to using it as a boarding school or boarding house. All the Nutt sisters (Cordie, Lettie, and Nanny) and their mother taught school in Lee County. Ernest Bailey stayed in The Gables (as it was known then) when he first explored Sanibel as a place to relocate with his widowed mother and brothers. Laetitia Nutt was an un-reconstructed Southerner, a stern disciplinarian, and the backbone of the islands’ cultural scene. The Nutt family gave land for the Community House, donated generously to Jones-Walker Hospital (known as Gulf Coast Hospital today), and proudly gave Laetitia’s name to the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.
Their home was placed on the city’s historic register and moved closer to the road and family cemetery. It has been extensively remodeled on the inside. The present owner is the great-grand niece of Laetitia Nutt and has published her aunt’s Civil War diary and developed a “history hall” at Gray Gables. – Sanibel Historical Museum & Village
Sanibel Vacation Sunset Session – Gray Gables
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