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Naples' Historic Palm Cottage

The Naples Historical Society's Historic Palm Cottage (also known as the Henry Watterson Cottage or The Cement Cottage, The Parmer Home, or Hamilton House) is a historic home in Naples, Florida. It is located in the Naples Historic District. The home is open for visitors who will be able to experience the hand-crafted rustic charm of this lovely architectural treasure.

The antiques filled cottage, is a rare example of tabby mortar construction. The Historic Palm Cottage is Naples' oldest house (built in 1895) and is proudly maintained by the Naples Historical Society and is located at 137 12th Avenue South, (at Gulfshore Blvd.) a block East of Naples Pier. On May 24, 1982, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

It was the summer cottage of the Louisville, Kentucky Courier Journal and Times then owner/editor, Walter N. Haldeman. Other Louisvillians owned homes in the area in this era. Mr. Haldeman is considered the founder of Naples.

The house is owned and operated as a museum by the Naples Historical Society. The house has been decorated to reflect the early 1900s, and include the adjacent Norris Gardens, which feature five distinct themed areas and both the garden and house are open for docent guided tours Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nova Homes of South Florida celebrates the history of Naples and Palm Cottage, Naples' first home. As a custom home builder in Naples, Florida Nova Homes carries on the tradition of quality and custom-crafted homes. For more information regarding building a home with Nova Homes of South Florida, call 239.307.6116 or visit They also build on Marco Island, Florida and Naples' favorite acreage community, Golden Gate Estates.

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