Key West Cemetery, Key West

Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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. To visit Key West Cemetery on your trip to Key West, use our Key West road trip site.
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  • Key West has had its share of characters and you'll certainly get a glimpse of some of them right here. Heroes as well! The stones tell a story that is worth listening to. Enjoy.  more »
  • Wow I always take visitors to this amazing and peaceful place- the history and architecture is amazing. You won’t regret a quiet stroll through this place. Be respectful and quiet. Don’t be scared of....  more »
  • Enjoy your walk thru history. Some are very well kept, others have obviously have no one to care for them. Read some of the extremely funny headstones with great quotes.  more »
  • Really enjoyed the cemetery. Not a whole lot of chickens around but kept hearing rustling near the graves. Was surprised by the iguanas scampering in and around tombstones.
  • The Key West Cemetery is alive with history, one-of-a-kind grave markers since 1847 (& a couple transferred from old Key West Cemetery, various lizards, roosters & chickens, strolling visitors, international airport jets flying low overhead (landing approach). Still an active cemetery, including cemetery tours or self-tour maps. Admiring the unique headstones/foot-stones, humorous quotes, “Remember the Maine” disaster memorial, plus will take hours, if not weeks. A “Run-A-Way Bill” Favorite Key West attraction. 03.21.19
  • Looked interesting but we couldn’t find an open gate to walk in.
  • A nice little cemetery packed in the middle of Key West. Here is where you'll find the grave marker where the occupant, B.P. Roberts said, "I told you I was sick." etched into it. It's a touristy thing, so why not get your picture taken with it or just a picture of It. Kind of funny in humor since the dude died.
  • Really great old cemetery. See if you can find the grave of the man who lived to be 108 and lived 65 of those years as an honest man. The rest of his years were lived as a privateer! What stories he must have been able to tell.

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