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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Take the free tour if you like history as only Key West can tell it.
  • Very nice. Great place for pictures. Nice preservation of buildings
  • Very well restored building. Docent was very knowledgeable and super friendly.
  • A little known stop that everyone should make when visiting Key West! Free! Walter Arnold is very informative and knowledgeable. Did not find in many travel books, but it is worth the visit!

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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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