Let Historic Walking Tours be your guide as you discover and enjoy Key West’s rich history through the eyes of insider Sharon Wells, an island historian and preservationist since 1976. The cultural, historic, literary and architectural heritage of Key West’s historic neighborhoods comes alive in her commentary and personal observations, anecdotes and involvement in Key West’s historic resources for nearly 40 years. A leader in America’s historic preservation movement since the 1960’s, Key West has three National Register Historic Districts, with over 3,000 historic sites, a majestic lighthouse and Civil War forts. Heritage tourism is going strong on the 2 x 4 mile island, the Southernmost City.
Start: Custom House: Site of court adjudications for Wreckers’ salvage claims, and 1898 Battleship Maine Court of Inquiry
Stroll along the tree-lined streets of Truman Annex and learn about Key West’s rich naval history. Explore the original waterfront, now altered by development. Historian Sharon Wells will point out the 19th Century naval structures, including the Power Plant, Machine Shop, Smithery, Quarters A and B, Marine Hospital and Surgeon’s Quarters, and Weather Station. Follow the evolution of the waterfront and examine the impact of World War II, the auction and Privatization of the Naval Base in 1986, and rehabilitation of buildings as residential/commercial properties.
As you peruse the spectacular homes along Whitehead Street, learn about the early settlement of Key West and Classic Revival architecture and enjoy noteworthy tropical landscape
Finish – Audubon/Geiger House