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Key West Cemetery, Key West

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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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  • I do not wish to sound disrespectful but some of the headstones are very funny. The epitaphs, as desired by the deceased, have some odd wording. I think there are a lot of eccentric characters buried ...  more »
  • Perhaps many cemeteries have interesting things to see, but the one in Key West also has amazing things to read! Like "At Least I know where he is sleeping tonight", "I told you I was sick" and many o...  more »
  • Beautiful and heart breaking all at once. We walked a long way to see this and were not disappointed. Such a beautiful place 
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  • 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.
  • Impressive. When you're going cemetry you'll see different big trees and lizards under them. Also the tree at the gate of cemetry is nice.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Being from New Orleans we are accustomed to historic cemeteries. We really enjoyed strolling through this one.