Most people have no idea of the amazing history of this little island less then a mile from the bridge they drive over. Now a historic State Park, the island is accessible only by boat, kayak or ferry from Robbie's Marina. Purchased by John Houseman in 1831 after he was thrown out of Key West for unscrupulous wrecking practices (!) he created a thriving wrecking business on the island & built his own small empire to include a hotel, warehouse, store and homes for the 40-50 men, women & children. In 1840, a band of 100 Indians attacked the island, killing several people. The park service has cleared the original town "streets", built an observation tower and cleared the gravestone of John Houseman, but only cisterns and rock outlines of dwellings remain.
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