Historic Markers Across Florida



Nannie Lee House



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Location: 1218 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Now a restaurant - Nannie Lee's Strawberry Mansion.
County: Brevard
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Waymark: None
 



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This home was built about 1905 by John and Nannie Lee who moved here from Albion, N.Y. They affectionately named it “The Terrace,"

The home was the scene of many ice cream socials and other events sponsored by the ladies of the Congregational Church.

Descendants of the Lees, and others in the community, remember the house as being one of major shelters during hurricanes. Family and friends would seek refuge here during storms because the home was so well-constructed. Other major shelters in the community were the ice plant and the Melbourne Hotel.

In 1918, Nannie Lee was hostess to a marine aviator who was scouting suitable landing fields along the east coast of Florida. After landing on the prairie west of Melbourne, Capt. Roben, the pilot, was brought into Melbourne and Mrs. Lee served him a chicken dinner.

The present owners purchased the property in 1976 and restored the home to its original design.

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