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Key West Cemetery, Key West

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
At the center of Old Town, Key West Cemetery reveals the quirky history of this small city and its past residents. After a hurricane destroyed the former burial grounds, the city purchased land to establish this new cemetery in 1847. The main entrance at Passover and Angela Streets hands out pamphlets with a map and directions for a self-guided walking tour, or you can visit the website ahead of time to print off your copy. The tour suggests visiting the graves of William Curry, Florida’s first millionaire; “Sloppy” Joe Russell, Key West’s most popular barman; and B.P. “Pearl” Roberts, a hypochondriac whose headstone reads “I told you I was sick”; among other interesting characters who shaped the past of this city. Plan your Key West Cemetery visit and explore what else you can see and do in Key West using our Key West vacation route planner.
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  • This is a lovely cemetery in the centre of key west. We went cycling and took a look around here. Some lovely headstones. Very unusual to see all the graves stacked on top off each other and not in th...  read more »
  • The Key West Cemetery is a little like New Orleans cemeteries, in that there are many above ground plots, but there are also in ground plots. There are so many things to see here. The B.P. Robert's pl...  read more »
  • We were there on our last day - and it was the hottest by far. Perhaps did not appreciate it as best we could. Some very interesting headstones for sure! Worth the walk! 
  • The Cemetery in Key West is a one-of-a-kind, only in Key west burial grounds. The graves are mostly above ground, done to prevent bodies from washing away in a hurricane. There are several unlikely grave markers around the grounds. The most famous being the "I told you I was sick" gravestone. Look for it in the south eastern corner, next to the Jewish section.
  • Interesting place to visit. So much to see and ponder and that was all before one of the caretakers graciously gave us a map with points of interest. I would recommend going in the early morning or early evening. There isn't a lot of shade and we went when it was quite warm. Sun hat or parasol would have been good. The iguanas are definitely a strange and creepy site as they dart in and out from under gravestones.
  • I enjoyed the solo trip I took through here, but what I enjoyed even more were all the responses I got on my Spirit Box at night as I would stand outside the fence . =D
  • Wonderful, even if slightly rundown place to visit. The funny grave epitaphs make the hike worth it. It's also curiously quiet there.
  • I know it sounds creepy to walk around a cemetery, but this one is worth it. Get the guided tour so you don't miss a thing.
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