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At the center of Old Town, Key West Cemetery reveals the quirky history of this small city and its past residents. After a hurricane destroyed the former burial grounds, the city purchased land to establish this new cemetery in 1847. The main entrance at Passover and Angela Streets hands out pamphlets with a map and directions for a self-guided walking tour, or you can visit the website ahead of time to print off your copy. The tour suggests visiting the graves of William Curry, Florida’s first millionaire; “Sloppy” Joe Russell, Key West’s most popular barman; and B.P. “Pearl” Roberts, a hypochondriac whose headstone reads “I told you I was sick”; among other interesting characters who shaped the past of this city. To visit Key West Cemetery on your trip to Key West, use our Key West road trip site.
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Went on an guided tour featuring 6 featured graves from the 1800’s. Hosted by the Historic Society, our group of 15 was escorted through the winding paths to the next host who told the history of the.... more
Went on an guided tour featuring 6 featured graves from the 1800’s. Hosted by the Historic Society, our group of 15 was escorted through the winding paths to the next host who told the history of the.... more »
On our last day in Key West, my wife and I happened upon this cemetery. An informative map points out the final resting spots of some historical people. There's also some humor, believe it or not, at.... more
On our last day in Key West, my wife and I happened upon this cemetery. An informative map points out the final resting spots of some historical people. There's also some humor, believe it or not, at.... more »
It seems odd to review a cemetery, but this is a must see when touring Key West. Sad but interesting to see the above ground burials and the varying levels of caretaking and the breadth of people who have been laid to rest here. You will experience a range of emotions as you walk from the section where 59 unknown babies were sponsored and buried, to the section where many adorned their placards with verses that will make you laugh (ex: “I always said I would own a small piece of land in The Keys”). Well worth an hour or so of your time.
So much history in a beautiful public cemetery. If you enjoy the craftsmanship and have respect for those that have left this world you will not be disappointed. Be sure to look at the Jewish and Catholic burial areas and explore the farthest corners on foot.
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