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The Oldest House

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Address: 322 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040-6510
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+1 305-294-9501
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Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Secret Garden

It's very hot and crowded on Duval St., especially when cruise ships are in. I saw a narrow entrance with a sign The Oldest House in Key West. We ventured in to a cool respite... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Erie, PA
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80 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's very hot and crowded on Duval St., especially when cruise ships are in. I saw a narrow entrance with a sign The Oldest House in Key West. We ventured in to a cool respite with gardens, shady palms, benches to sit and relax from the madness out on the street! You can tour the lovely house and it is... More 

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Media, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibit is free (just ask for donations) and someone explains the history of the house and who lived there. Only 4 rooms, but there is an outside garden area along with the kitchen building.

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Thank Jane and Bob F
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens, Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Oldest House & Gardens during your vacation. Our docents are the best sharing history of the house and old Key West! The House is owned by the state of Florida and Old Island Restoration Foundation runs the house. Admission is free of charge and donations are accepted for maintenance of the home to in turn,... More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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186 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the time to turn off Duval St and leave the present behind for a moment. The sheltered, beautifully maintained back yard is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the Duval St craziness. The house itself is very interesting and in great condition. The Docent was extremely helpful with all kinds of useful information. I could not imagine bringing... More 

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Thank Dave P
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing this review on TripAdvisor and for your kind comments. It is wonderful to hear you comment on our 'peaceful oasis' as we feel the same way you do. We work daily to maintain the Oldest House and Gardens and you were probably visiting when we had some of our renovations happening. They are on-going!... More 

Meaford, Canada
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69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a little look around the oldest house in Key West as it was right on the main street, Duvall. It was interesting to see the photos of the original family and look at the furnishings. We are happy to give a donation to a historical building which asks for no entrance fee.

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Thank scousergirl52
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

So glad you were able to spend time with the Oldest House & Gardens. We do have great period pieces and family paintings/photographs for our guests. Your donation will help us with on going maintenance of our home. Thank you for the wonderful review and hope to see you again soon! More 

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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a hidden gem, from the moment you walk in everything you look at tells a story, beautiful past memories. My cousin was married there and the whole wedding was beautiful, the garden is breath taking, the house gorgeous. The service that was provide was nit that great the lady wanted us to finish the wedding and call... More 

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Thank GypsyLove16
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House and Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We would love to speak with you in person about the wedding you are referencing. Please call us during 10am-4pm, except Wednesdays and Sundays at 305-294-9501. More 

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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the historical home tour and were treated to a fantastic time. Tour is at your on pace spread over two days. The next tour will be at Christmas time and is a must see to get a real feel for old key West

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Thank J L
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing this review on TripAdvisor and for your kind comments. It is exciting to hear you took and enjoyed our Home Tour. Dates for our 2017-18 Home Tours are December 27 - 28, January 12 -13, February 16 - 17 and ending with our last tour, March 16 - 17. Hope to see you, your... More 

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charming house with a lot of history. The staff were very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions

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Thank Debra G
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing this review on TripAdvisor and for your kind comments. It is an honor to hear you think call our home 'charming with a lot of history', because we think the same thing. Your comments about our docents were the highlight of my day as we too think they are knowledgeable and happy to answer... More 

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017

Had lunch on Duvall St. Strolling down the street we came upon a little white house with beautiful gardens in the back yard. Checked it out and came to learn it was the oldest house in key west. Make time to stop in and talk to the historians that can share all sorts of information about this house.

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Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing this review on TripAdvisor and for your kind comments. Our docents do a great job explaining the history of our home and of Key West. And we agree, our Gardens are beautiful. Thank you for making us a part of your vacation. More 

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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320 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Called at Key West on a cruise and strolled around the town and came across the Oldest House. Well kept and furnished as it would have been "in the day". Very interesting example and free to visit.

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Thank peterw373
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a wonderful review and visit us while in Key West during your vacation cruise. The house is a great example of Key West architecture and is furnished as from the period that the Watlington family resided here. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Key West and look forward to your return. More 

Chestertown, New York
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Docent lead tours of the oldest house in Key West. Located right on Duval street, easy to walk to. Has one of only two original kitchen houses in Florida. Nice grounds.

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Thank csquared49
Teri B, Administrator, Oldest House & Gardens Key West at The Oldest House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing this review on TripAdvisor and for your kind comments. Yes we are free and on Duval Street and we agree, we are very easy to walk to. We look forward to welcoming you again in the nearest future. More 

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