Interior of the Buena Vista Estate with Original Painting of the Buena Vista Estate

Interior of the Buena Vista Estate with Original Painting of the Buena Vista Estate

After his death in 1921, his wife Sarah Petrie and son Harold sold the estate for $15,000 to Patricia and Edward “Ed” Toothe from Madison, New Jersey. They arrived to Nassau in 1933 and set-up residence at the Buena Vista Estate where life was very different than it is today; there were few roads, few automobiles and electricity was not readily available throughout New Providence. There were also few telephones; the telephone number at Buena Vista was 2 and that of Government House was 1.

Far Left is Mrs. Toothe

Far Left is Mrs. Toothe

The Buena Vista Estate had a full staff of cooks, gardeners, maids, footmen and a butler all of whom were fed each day. After the death of Mr. Toothe the house was converted into a hotel and restaurant by Mrs. Toothe. With little to no experience Mrs. Toothe relied on a group of men and women from the local community who worked at Buena Vista and went on to become Members of Parliament, Union Leaders, and Businessmen. Buena Vista was the first major operation in The Bahamas to be completely staffed by Bahamians. Many friends who stayed with the Toothe’s were people of wealth from the United States and England. There were Ministers of the Crown, United States Cabinet Members, and heads of large corporations. However the former King Edward VII, Duke of Windsor, was forbidden from entering the gates.

The Nassau Daily Tribune wrote that “Its large high‐ceiling rooms, it’s [sic] interesting old pictures and furniture, its spacious nooks and crannies gave a dignity and charm to the life of its period that is not associated with modern living but which is, nevertheless, still sought by men and women of cultivated taste. There are not many of these homes left in the island and its historical associations alone seem bound to attract the interest of the visitor.”

Buena Vista Hotel & Restaurant

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