Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West

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#12 of 26 in Parks in Key West
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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  • Great little place with very friendly staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. We couldn't tell that the building was moved on the same lot.  more »
  • This is the oldest house in key west. Well nothing absolutely fantastic. The rooms are left like a museum.  more »
  • We were walking down Duval St and came across this treasure. It is very well maintained. In addition to the house you can take a stroll through the garden and have a rest on a bench. Key West takes ca...  more »
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  • There Is no admission fee for this place you can leave a donation. There is a well-maintained garden with several benches to just sit. The historical information about the house was quite interesting. The items that were in the house were very interesting to see. The member was quite informative and polite. so sweet and knowledgeable. She really enjoyed what she did.
  • A hidden gem on a busy street. The history behind the house is quit fascinating. Loved the tour and walk in the back of the house. Kids enjoyed the wildlife of key West, lizards and iguana.
  • The guide was so sweet and knowledgeable. She really loved what she did, seeing that it was crazy hot and she was sweating like crazy. We truly appreciated her time.
  • Interesting! The women who worked there were so friendly and helpful...
  • Lovely tour guide had a wealth of knowledge and stories about the home and owners
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