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Gracious Getaway

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Photography by Jeff Herr

For Sallie and Warren Williamson, it was familial history and a pristine view that beckoned them to the quaint Florida town of Mary Esther. Thirty-five years ago, the Greenville, Alabama, couple chose a second home along the Intracoastal Waterway, just as Warren’s grandfather had done in the 1930s. Their mid-century modern retreat became a coastal escape for the Williamsons, their three daughters, 11 grandchildren, and a coterie of guests. “The Lord gives people various talents—ours is entertaining,” laughs Warren. It was during one of their many dinner parties that one particular guest’s arrival would prove most serendipitous.


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