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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Enjoyed our visit to Key West oldest house. The guide originally from Bristol UK, told us how the house was built and lots of reall interesting information, we spent ages in there. Really enjoyed it. more »
Set along the street next to restaurants & shops, it's easy to pass by. Make a point to visit. $5 admission to visit to house & gardens out back. Much of the items in the house are original or donated... more »
Beautiful place to visit! Highly suggested you go here as the gardens are gorgeous. We actually had our wedding ceremony here in February of 2019 with around 30 guests and Matt and Andy were beyond helpful and kind! They made sure everything was perfect and it was! Cannot suggest visiting this place enough. Beautiful gardens, great museum and history and friendly help! Thank you guys!!!
What a beautiful home! The tour guide was extremely interesting with many great stories on the history of this venue. A separate cook house (cooking in this era was done in a separate cook house as opposed to in the home). No fees, except a donation jar. I recommend this stop!
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