Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West

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Having borne witness to pirates, warfare, hurricanes, fire, and a fluctuating economy, Oldest House & Garden Museum is a testament to the history and development of the Key West area. The house was first built in 1829 in the style of a classic revival five-bay center hall, or more affectionately called a New England Bahama house. The house also features many unique maritime notes, such as horizontal pine wall boards and a ship's hatch carved into the master bedroom roof. Today the house serves as a museum and is open to the public, preserving the personal effects and furniture of its most important resident, sea captain Francis Watlington. You may wander the house at your leisure and tour the period furnishings, and then retreat to the shade of the garden. Plan trip to Key West with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Just a little spot along husting, bustling Duval St. Nice tropical setting with some benches tucked away in the shade. Interesting bit of history and it's FREE with rest rooms. It's a nice stop which ...  more »
  • Key West can be pricey, but this is a nice little free tourist attraction. It takes less than a half hour to tour but they had a wonderful volunteer who gave us a lot of additional information. I'm so...  more »
  • Really cute little house with all the original furniture and bedding. Poor family having to go outside to prepare the evening meal.  more »
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  • It was free to enter, but you can leave a donation. The historical information about the house was quite interesting. The items that were in the house were quite interesting to see. Lastly, a member of the group who maintains the house was quite informative and polite. 😀😉
  • Found this place by chance while strolling through Key west. There Is no admission fee for this place. The interior of the house is exquisite and a lot of furniture and cutlery have being laid out. There is a well maintained garden with several benches to just sit and relax for sometime.
  • Pay-what-you-can. The house itself is only about 5 rooms, but there some interesting things to read about the early history of Key West. Also a garden in back with a cook house. You can probably go through in under 20 minutes.
  • Can't beat free. Also a nice shady backyard with some benches to sit an take a rest. Definitely worth stopping in.
  • I really enjoyed this place. The garden is cool worth comfortable benches. The house is a glimpse of our past.

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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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