Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West

4.3
#8 of 26 in Museums 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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  • I was hearing rumors that the house was haunted so I decided to take a tour. We only saw one floor of the house and the back yard. It was pretty and interesting but I was there for an hour and did not...  more »
  • My mom’s family at one time lived in this house. Would have been late teens to early-mid 20s. She said she had many fond memories of playing on that porch and going to the beach. I would like to visit...  more »
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  • The docents were so lovely! I went by myself and Al took me around the house and I had a wonderful time learning about its history and had great conversation on top of it. $5 well spent to learn a little about the history of key West
  • The views from the Lighthouse are spectacular. You must climb the 88 steps but it is definitely worth the effort. I must see if in Key West
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