Making a Pleasant Visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West
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Making a Pleasant Visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West

One of the must-do visits of Key West, of course, is the 1851 Spanish Colonial-style Hemingway Home and Gardens which author Ernest Hemingway called home for ten years throughout The Great Depression in the 1930s. Hemingway penning the majority of his numerous works from this spot where he lived with Pauline, second of four wives, and their two sons. Hemingway spent this period as a happy local fisherman with his friends in “The Mob.”

The Hemingway house interiors, lovely one-acre gardens, and large salt-water swimming pool are preserved much as they were when the family was in residence. Visitors are captivated by the presence of 45 cats. About half of them are polydactyl, that is, having an extra toe; these felines are descendants of Snowball, the six-toed pet Hemingway kept at the time.

The Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist who left an American literary heritage was, notably, much influenced by Key West’s people and lifestyle. Absorb the atmosphere of the Hemingway house, Key West’s largest private residence, now operated as an Ernest Hemingway museum Look for the single copper penny Hemingway joked was his last, representing money splurged on building a lavish in-ground pool.

Half-hour tours are conducted at the National Historic Landmark, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year. General admission is $13 adults, $6 child, and free for ages five and under.  There’s a bookstore as well. It’s a short and pleasant walk from our hotel to the Hemingway House and Gardens at 907 Whitehead Street.   



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