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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The Oldest House is right on Duval Street, with lovely grounds which are rented out as a venue. Historic house with original furnishings and family portraits, this is a self guided tour through the..... more
The Oldest House is right on Duval Street, with lovely grounds which are rented out as a venue. Historic house with original furnishings and family portraits, this is a self guided tour through the..... more »
Great history lesson on Key West, and an interesting story on the house and the owners. We loved seeing some of the old pictures and maps of Key West.
Great history lesson on Key West, and an interesting story on the house and the owners. We loved seeing some of the old pictures and maps of Key West. more »
My wife and I dropped in today on a whim. I am so glad we did. Very rich history here. We really love Key West, and are now falling in love with it's history. There was no docent available but fortunately Tom was working the register. He went out of his way to give us information and history of the site. He had great stories and answered all of our questions. He made the visit absolutely awesome. I would definitely recommend this stop on your trip.
The house is relatively small, and the second floor is not open for viewing, but the stories and history packed into it make it well worth the visit. Some fascinating people lived and visited here. The back yard is also lovely. My tour guide was very friendly and engaging.
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