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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Key West Cemetery reviews
It was walking distance from our hotel and we enjoyed the short stroll thru the downtown neighborhoods. It did take us a few minutes to find an entrance that was open, many areas had gates that were..... more
It was walking distance from our hotel and we enjoyed the short stroll thru the downtown neighborhoods. It did take us a few minutes to find an entrance that was open, many areas had gates that were..... more »
The Pictures I took of the Iguanas and the History there in the Cemetery is really a must see for sure.
The Pictures I took of the Iguanas and the History there in the Cemetery is really a must see for sure. more »
This is a great place to get lost for a couple of hours in the afternoon. It’s a historic cemetery and the headstones and crypts reflect that. Since we are an island is Florida most of the people are “buried” above ground and it sort of gives off that New Orleans vibe.
So much history in a beautiful public cemetery. If you enjoy the crafmanship 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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