Wednesday, September 15, 2010
But Gamble Place isn't the only structure people come to see. Tucked away in a shaded area along the water is a curious sight. At first glance, it looks like a log house that's somewhat out-of-place just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean. But venture a little closer and you'll soon realize it's something out of a storybook.
Actually, more like out of a fairy tale.
Gamble's daughter Maud and her husband Judge Alfred K. Nippert were seasonal residents of the Daytona Beach area for years. The couple inherited a portion of the Spruce Creek property upon Gamble's death in 1932. When Maud passed away a few years later in 1937, Judge Nippert continued to visit the property and decided to build his own version of a winter retreat.
For inspiration, Nippert turned to an unlikely source. Not long after Maud's death, Disney's classic film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released. Nippert fell in love with the movie and shortly after designed a fantasy playhouse similar to the Black Forest-style cottage that he had seen on the big screen. Originally, the structure was intended to be for children who visited the property. But over the years, Nippert's vision grew and so did the cottage. By 1938, the building was a full-size replica of Snow White's cottage.
Today, visitors to the property can take a guided tour of the cottage most Fridays and Saturdays. If you're lucky, you might just catch Snow White herself during story time or special events. In addition to the cottage, Nippert built a two-story Dwarfs' Mine Shaft and a Witch's Hut, both of which still stand.
Gamble Place and Snow White's Cottage are located just over a mile west of Interstate 95 at 1819 Taylor Road. For more information, call 386-255-0285.
|Dwarfs' Diamond Shaft.|
|Snow White greets visitors at the front door.|
|Judge Alfred K. Nippert built this full-size replica of Snow White's Cottage near Port Orange, FL in 1938.|