Key West Florida- FREE Cemetery Tour

by Terri | March 5th, 2011



At the foot of the Solares Hill in Key West Florida is a cemetery that you have to stop and tour. The cost: FREE! If you are out walking and looking for things to do that don’t cost a fortune, this is a great place to take a look at the people that have made Key West the city it is today. 27 acres are delegated for the Cemetery and it is estimated there are 100,00 people there. There are many graves that date back to the 1800′s. Some are weathered and broken but many are quite interesting to read. The newer graves are put in vaults as there is no room left underground. Key West Cemetery

Some very interesting people are buried there, like Sophronia Bradley Hall (1880-1945) Sophronia’s husband was a warden that protected the endangered birds in the Everglades from being slaughtered. Poachers killed him in 1905 and that started a conservation movement.

Then there was Abe Sawyer (1862-1939) who was Key West Florida’s famous midget. He requested to be buried in the grave of a full-sized man!

Florida’s first millionare William Curry (1824-1896) He came from the Bahamas and made his fortune in mercantile.

“Sloppy” Joe Russell (1889-1941) Key West’s best known barkeep and fishing guide to Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s.

This is a beautiful epitaph on Minnie Elizabeth Otto’s grave. It says, “Her life was a beautiful morning.” She lived from 1868 to 1945. Sounds like someone I would love to have known!

Of course you have the one’s who want to have the last word. There was a known hypochondriac who’s marker says “I told you I was sick.” Gotta love that one! Gloria M. Russell (1926-2000) had this put on hers “I’m just resting my eyes.”

Angel

A beautiful carved angel in the Key West Florida graveyard is a testament of the  exquisite victorian statuary.

If you get a chance and want to try something new, stop by the graveyard for a tour. It is well worth your time. I sound like a commercial.

No Name Key has those adorable Key Deer!

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