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Carriage Barn an Unexpected Find in Key West

At 1128 Olivia, between White and Frances Street stands an interesting building.  It looks like a barn, and, in fact, it once was home to horses and mules that walked the streets of Key West.  It's the carriage barn and one of ...


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Rock House Gallery a Gothic Inspired location

Located at 330 Julia Street is the Rock House Gallery.  It is what was originally the Saint Stephen Methodist Episcopal Church.  Inside is not only beautiful artwork, but the building itself is a work of art to see. History Built with locally quarried limestone ...


Island City House

Island City House the Oldest Guesthouse in Key West

Although Island City House may be the oldest guesthouse in Key West, it is still grand, beautiful and a wonderful place to stay.  Inside the complex, the garden paths wind you through the property and take you away to a quiet and ...


Old city Hall

Old City Hall – Historic Walking Tour

Walking down Greene Street, away from Duval, on your right is a large brick building.  With its granite stairs and very ornate iron balustrade at its entrance, you probably just walk on by... at least most people do.  But, this building is the ...


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The Seafood Tour is a Great Way to See Key West

I am in love with food tours.  My first one was the Southernmost Food Tour with Key West Food Tours and I have been hooked ever since.  What I, specifically, like about Key West Food Tours is they offer more than one ...


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Sawyer Navarro House – Historic Walking Tour

One of the great free things you can do in Key West is walk around and check out the Historic Walking Tour stops.  This is another stop along the tour.  The Sawyer Navarro home was been moved to its current location from ...


old stone house

Old Stone House – United Methodist Church, Historic Walking Tour

One of the things I really love about Key West, is its history.  Around every corner as you walk the streets, you find a historic home or a historic building.  But, sometimes the surface of a building doesn't reveal its history.  The ...


ferdinand hirsch cigar factory

Ferdinand Hirsch Cigar Factory – Historic Walking Tour

Located at 930 Catherine Street is the Ferdinand Hirsch Cigar Factory building.  It's a nondescript building, which today is being used as a storage warehouse.  During the height of the Key West cigar boom it was one of the largest cigar factories ...


Bruce Hall

Bruce Hall – Historic Walking Tour

Built as part of a Methodist education complex at Hargrove Seminary, Bruce Hall had a 600 seat auditorium with a very inviting roof garden.  Located at 1310 United Street, you can still find Bruce Hall, but not the rest of the education ...



The Fuente House – Historic Walking Tour

There are so many connections back to Key West.  Lots of famous people started their lives or careers in Key West.  Arturo Fuente is no exception.  Unless you are into cigars, you may not recognize the name.  Arturo Fuente is the reigning ...


marine hospital

Marine Hospital – Historic Walking Tour

Located in Truman Annex is the old Marine Hospital.  It was constructed at the request of US Navy Commodore David Porter.  Construction began in 1844. The Building Construction lasted less than one year.  The doors opened on August 2, 1845.  It had sixty beds ...


african cemetery

African Cemetery at Higgs Beach – Historic Walking Tour

As you walk by Higgs Beach, you will see pedestals and a tiled mural on a raised cement platform.  This is the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach.  The cemetery contains the graves of Africans who died after being rescued in 1860 from ...


cypress house

Cypress House – Historic Walking Tour

Dade County pine and Cypress woods were used during the 1800's to build homes in Key West.  Because of their durability and natural resistance to pests, they never required a protective coating of paint.  Today, you can see a beautiful example of ...


the steam plant

The Steam Plant – Historic Walking Tour

Between Caroline Street and the US Coast Guard Station is 281 Trumbo Road.  There you will find the The Steam Plant.  This section of Key West is on man-made land that once was part of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Steam Plant ...


us weather bureau

US Weather Bureau – Historic Walking Tour

Located at 57 Front Street in the Truman Annex stand the old Weather Bureau building. I have always been fascinated with weather.  I took Meteorology as my science in school and loved every bit of it.  It doesn't matter where you live, you ...


mansard roof

Mansard Roof – Look up to see Details! – Historic Walking Tour

Walking around Key West, you can find so many interesting things.  People, roosters and of course, the architecture.  I often highlight interesting buildings to see, based on either its history or architecture, but don't forget to look up.  Roofs can, and are, ...


fort zachary taylor

Fort Zachary Taylor – Don’t Miss This!

When you think of Fort Zachary Taylor, you think beach, snorkeling and sunset.  But, did you know there is a Civil War Fort in the Park?  Don't miss this the next time you visit the park.  The park is located at the ...


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Key West Electric Company – A Modern Building on a Historic Walking Tour

When you head over to James Street you see a little different Key West.  The buildings are more functional ... modern than those you find a few streets over in Old Town.  The Key West Electric Company building is no exception.  Located ...


key west historic memorial sculpture garden

Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden

Even today, I am surprised how I can just "happen" upon something pretty cool in Key West.  The island isn't that big and you would think there isn't much to discover after many, many trips.  But, once again, I am wrong.  The ...


weatherstation inn

Weatherstation Inn – Historic Walking Tour

I love how you can combine history with a really cool place to stay.  The Weatherstation Inn combines my two loves.  Located at 57 Front Street, you are in the heart of Truman Annex.  One of the quietest, most centrally located places ...


san carlos institute and museum

18 Stops Along The Key West Museum Trail

Anyone who visits Key West realizes how much history can be found here.  This history is preserved in the many museums found around town.  This Key West Museum Trail offers a way to explore the Island, learn more about Key West's history ...


Tennessee Williams Exhibit

Tennessee Williams Exhibit – Historic Walking Tour

The Tennessee Williams Exhibit is located at 513 Truman Avenue, just off of Duval Street.  At first I thought this house was where Tennessee Williams lived, but sadly it is not.  This home was a private home and has kept much of ...


George curry mansion

7 Curry Mansions – Historic Walking Tour

William Curry was Florida's first millionaire.  He gave each of his children $10,000 to build a home of their own.  The result?  The Key West Historic district has seven beautiful mansions you can explore, visit and even spend the night at a ...


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3 Best Things about Truman Annex Key West

After your first visit or may be even a few visits, you will definitely find your favorite spots on the Island.  Favorite place to stay, favorite place for Happy Hour, favorite place to watch sunset, favorite place to walk.  We have ours ...


curry mansion

Curry Mansion – Historic Walking Tour

The Curry Mansion located at 511 Caroline Street is more than a stop along the historic walking tour, it's a place to stay, relax and enjoy Key West.  Located between Eaton and Greene Streets, this inn is centrally located to the activities ...


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