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Oldest House, Key West: 10 reviews and 27 photos

  Bob looking at the list of local wrecks
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  • Bob looking at the list of local wrecks - Key West
      Bob looking at the list of local wrecks
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  • Front facade as of 2004 - Key West
      Front facade as of 2004
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  • Desk in the Wrecker's office - Key West
      Desk in the Wrecker's office
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  • Cartoons in the Wrecker's Museum - Key West
      Cartoons in the Wrecker's Museum
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  • An old photo of the lighthouse - Key West
      An old photo of the lighthouse
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Counter to popular stories, wreckers were a respected part of society and contributed to the very high average income of Key West in the 1830s. They did not lure ships onto the shore with false lights - their goal was saving lives and cargo. They were licensed and a license is on display.

This exhibit, which is in the back of the Oldest House/Wrecker's Museum says that there were no cases of false lights in this area. So the Key West lighthouse (pictured in one of the additional photos) was NOT built to foil the wreckers.

The exhibit has an interactive map with the various wrecks depicted on it - when the button next to the story of the wreck is pushed, the light on the map at that location lights up.

The Wrecker's Museum section also had a selection of cartoons and the office of the Captain.

Address: 322 Duval St.
Phone: 305/294-9502
Website: http://www.keysdirectory.com/oldesthouse/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 24, 2009
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