Key West Cemetery
Key West Cemetery
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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A very unusual cemetery - several graves have humorous epitaphs (e.g., "I told you I was sick").
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  • Bob M
    Kokomo, Indiana62 contributions
    Interesting - Much like New Orleans
    Nice peaceful bike ride thru the cemetery. So much like in New Orleans, very well kept. So many large family plots. Just very interesting to look at all the unique burial sites
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 25, 2023
  • DerbyDoug
    18 contributions
    Learning History in a Cemetery
    On our last day in Key West, my wife and I happened upon this cemetery. An informative map points out the final resting spots of some historical people. There's also some humor, believe it or not, at Key West Cemetery. The gravesite of a hypochondriac reads, "I told you I was sick!" Another notes, "I'm only resting my eyes."
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 9, 2023
  • lynnita30
    New York City, New York440 contributions
    Walking amidst the long ago deceased
    Went on an guided tour featuring 6 featured graves from the 1800’s. Hosted by the Historic Society, our group of 15 was escorted through the winding paths to the next host who told the history of the buried person, showing laminated illustrations to enhance the presentation. For a $20 fee, we learned so much about the founding characters of early Key West. Took 90 minutes, and felt like a proud local instead of a tourist, as our group was made up of resident conchs!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2023
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Lovtorun
Midwest640 contributions
Feb 2020
We walked through here on a Sunday morning after attending church at the nearby basilica. It was very interesting to read the sign coming in that told about the various sections of the cemetery. We walked around for about an hour looking at a variety of memorials and graves. There was a section for Cubans and also from the ship the Maine and many other sections. A nice place to walk around and learn some history.
Written February 26, 2020
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Jody_11
Sapporo125 contributions
Jan 2021
I like to visit cemeteries. This one is extra special because there is a printed guide (for free, at the entrance), and you can also sign up for a tour (I didn't have the timing for it). I went three different times, as there is lots to see, it's fun to seek out the more hidden historical markers, and it's a quiet escape from most of the touristy spots of Key West. The stories in the guide are very informative and interesting.
Written May 17, 2021
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where2nextbabe
Troy, MO609 contributions
Apr 2021
We almost always visit a cemetery when we visit new places. If you google "key west cemetery map & self guided tour" it will give you very interesting stories and locations of some of the deceased. It also shows you the location of the Catholic and Jewish part of the cemetery. I have to say for me, the most moving part is the USS Maine Monument. Take a moment to pay your respects to the ones who gave all to protect our freedoms. The interesting thing about this cemetery is no one is "buried" here. They are all in vaults or a mausoleum. There were lots of lizards and chickens too!
Written April 28, 2021
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JanetSmith95
Nantwich, UK230 contributions
Jan 2020
We booked the guided tour and it was well worth it. Our guide, Karl, was an absolute mine of information with such a lot of interesting stories about not only some of those there but also about the history of Key West. Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours we spent there.
Written February 11, 2020
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FDinger
Florida1,322 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
I rode my bike in the Key West Cemetery primarily to visit the USS Maine Memorial. It’s a simple but nice memorial—I recommend taking the time to research the history before your visit. I also spent some time riding around the rest of the cemetery. It is all above ground, with a variety of tombs and memorials, and provides a glimpse into the island’s history. Please be respectful.
Written February 25, 2021
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jane
New York154 contributions
May 2022
You can access a self-guided tour and map online before you go, or pick one up at the entrance when you get there. This cemetery is interesting because there are several different sections and monuments. Many of the graves were relocated here after being washed out during earlier storms. Lots and lots of very old headstones, plus some funny ones, too ("I told you I was sick"). The aforementioned map offers information on many notable locals. Just be warned, there is hardly any shade here, so try to go early in day before it gets too hot.
Written May 15, 2022
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Sbsmom999
78 contributions
Jun 2021
This place was very interesting. We walked around and looked at the headstones. THey had a memorial for NAVY men killed on a ship. One grave stone said "see I told you I was sick". We just laughed . We are going to adopt an anonymous grave. It was sad to see some that didn't have claim.
Written June 10, 2021
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Kim
7 contributions
Aug 2022
On the Conch Train tour we drove by the cemetery which was interesting to see since everything is above ground. The tour guide said people could not bury the dead because the land was too hard so they built above ground graves. It reminded me of the graves in New Orleans.
Written August 15, 2022
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LONGJOHNSILVERSS
Ballantrae, UK415 contributions
Jan 2020
Excellent guided tour led by an academic who has intensively studied the family history of many of the notables buried here and provides in-depth details of their fascinating lives. Billed as a 90 min tour, but it lasted 2 hrs because of the many questions we asked. Really excellent tour.
Written January 30, 2020
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Robin B
Issaquah, WA354 contributions
Mar 2022
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 closed and locked. The cemetery is vast with many older and unique headstones and memorials. There is a very nice memorial to the USS Maine.
Written March 23, 2022
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