Key West is the end of Route 1 – which runs from there to Maine. This was my first time at this end, which was fun considering I grew up in Maine.
Our next stop of the day was the Hemingway House. We took the guided tour and got to see where Ernest Hemingway did the majority of his writing. The photo on the left was taken in the upstairs room of the carriage house. Hemingway also had many six-toed cats on the property that he loved. Today there are 44 descendants living on the property, many of them occupying the house pictured on the right. It’s an exact replica of the main home.
The Harry S. Truman Little White House was up next. This was exciting for me considering that we have the Truman Library in Kansas City. Apparently, Truman preferred Key West to Washington, D.C. and spent winters at his other “White House”. We had so many other things to see that we didn’t go on the tour.
After that we headed to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. We learned about the discovery of the wreckage of the Atocha, a ship bound for Spain from Havana in 1622. The bottom floor of the museum was devoted to that exhibit. I liked the 78 carat emerald in the top right corner, gold bars and ornate necklace/belt – beautiful! The second floor was devoted to pirates and an English merchant-slaver ship – the Henrietta Marie – which sank in 1700. They also had some small displays about Liberia and the American Colonization Society. It was an incredible museum that I would highly recommend. There was also a discount pass available for this museum and the Hemingway House.
Thanks for stopping by! The adventure continues tomorrow…