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Retiree’s Victorian-Era Tiny House

19th Century Living with a Modern Twist

Historian and tiny house advocate, Shorty Robbins, built a Victorian-era cottage on wheels. It provides a window in the past, a darling living history example. While it highlights 19th century Florida pioneer cabin life, it is full of cleverly tucked away modern conveniences, like A/C, a solar generator and a TV. The most ingenious, and historically accurate, feature is Shorty’s piano bed.

Actual Florida pioneer cabin

Actual Florida pioneer cabin

Shorty’s now full-time tiny home, “Nawaka,” is an excellent tool for her favorite pastime, historical re-enactments. She is a founding member of the Golden Teacup Society, a group of woman reenactors who were interested in the accurate portrayal of civilian women during the 1860-1865 America Civil War period. Before her tiny house was built, Shorty would camp in period wall tents, set up to portray a home in a civilian village setting.  

Our tiny house next to nawaka at the dc/va tiny house festival

But now, visitors no longer need to suspend reality. Shorty’s tiny home provides an adorably realistic look at life during the late 19th century.

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We have had the great pleasure of parking next to Shorty at many tiny house festivals and for Thanksgiving one year. And each time we enjoyed her hospitality and firecracker personality. Shorty always has a good story to tell. We admire her as a testament to the strong contingent of DIY building women in the tiny house movement.

-Alexis Stephens, co-founder of Tiny House Expedition