Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Public to Experience Free Key West Historic Marker Tours
Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and tourists to experience a multi-platform, self-guided, and free tour program of Key West’s historic sites designed to highlight the island’s unique multi-cultural history and heritage through the Key West Historic Marker Tours website and phone app.
Originally designed and launched by Bruce Neff under the auspices of Key West Historic Markers Inc., the program merged with Key West Art & Historical Society in 2018 and consists of three primary elements: a map of cultural and museum attractions featuring 121 historic location markers that pay tribute to Key West’s colorful past, phone apps that act as a personal museum docent to support those taking the self-led walking tours, and a comprehensive website at KWHMT.org that provides a virtual tour of Key West, historic background and community information, digital collections of local postcards and cigar box art, and links to Google maps.
Key West has one of the largest historic districts with the densest amassing of historic frame vernacular buildings in the country. The island’s history encompasses unique architecture, Civil War forts, famous authors’ homes, connection to wars and revolutions, once-thriving turtle and sponging industries, sunken treasure galleons, slave ships, Flagler’s railroad, boom and bust economies, and much more.
To plan your own tour, visit the Key West Historic Marker Tour website at KWHMT.org, download the free Key West Historic Marker Tour phone app at keywest.oncell.com, or call 305-507-0300 for a free Key West “Voices of History” phone tour. For more information, contact curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305-295-6616 x112.Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
IMAGE: The Southernmost House, located at the corner of Duval and South Streets, is designated Historic Marker number 8 of the 121 on the Key West Historic Marker Tours. Five U.S. Presidents have been hosted over the years at the Queen Anne Victorian style mansion, built in 1897.