Oldest House & Garden Museum, Key West

#9 of 26 in Museums in Key West
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • A good tour. Our guide Saud was very knowledgeable and friendly. Well preserved historic home. Interesting stories associated with the house. Cost now is $10 per adult  more »
  • This is truly a hidden gem in Key West. My husband and I stopped in first thing after we landed, and we are so glad we started here! John gave us a wonderful tour, and I highly recommend it. We loved....  more »
  • Great historical marker. Home is still beautifully intact. Must see!
  • 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

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