Chunk o’ tabby
A diamond in the rough?

Remember being coaxed into being good as a kid …

Or else risk not getting something on your list?

This chunk of limestone
is on display at the Palm Cottage

Like a chunk of coal, or a hunk of rock (as shown above).

Well despair no more!  That’s no ordinary stone: it’s a prized piece of Tamiami Tabby.  The original settlers of Naples didn’t have any cement mills, but with plenty of sand and water and shells they were pretty well set. Mix them together in a broth over the high heat of a buttonwood fire, and then let it dry, and tabby is what you got.

Palm Cottage is the oldest 
house in Naples, Florida

Not as strong as modern cement, but good enough:

They used it to build the Palm Cottage – Naples oldest house – which, just a few blocks from Naples Pier, is still standing.  At least, that’s what I read on the sheet of paper above the rock.

Couldn’t think of a better gift!

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