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The Ernest Hemingway Days in Key West.

Visiting the Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West, gives us an inside view of the famous and honored American author's private life and genius. Visiting the full scale replica of his boat "Pilar" inside of the Worldwide Sportsman Center of Islamorada give us an idea of what Hemingway's adventurous life was.

Surely we know that he was a very talented and famous author during his life time, and even after hid dead, until these days, Hemingway's work continues inspiring others artists and writers on recent times.

Hemingway's Brief Biography:

Hernest Hemingway (July, 21, 1899-July, 02, 1961) was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Born in Oak Park, Illinois. Started its career as a writer as early as the age of 17, working for a Kansas City newspaper.

American author Hernest Hemingway at work.

*Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

Surely we know that he was a very talented and famous author during his life time, and even after hid dead, until these days, Hemingway's work continues inspiring others artists and writers on recent times.

Hemingway's Brief Biography:

Hernest Hemingway (July, 21, 1899-July, 02, 1961) was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Born in Oak Park, Illinois. Started its career as a writer as early as the age of 17, working for a Kansas City newspaper.

It was shortly after the US entered War World I that he served as a volunteer in an Italian Army ambulance unit. He was awarded the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery. Then he was wounded and had to spend some time in an Italian hospital.

After his return to America he continued writing for American newspapers and traveling back to Europe to cover events in Greece during the revolution. Hemingway married his first wife Hadley and moved to Paris where shortly after they had their son John Hemingway.

In Paris during the 1920's he wrote his famous literature masterpieces "The Sun Also Rises" and "Farewell to Arms". Hemingway's work always carried the reality of what he had experience earlier in his life.

During this time in Paris Hemingway divorced Hadley to married his second wife Paulina, also making friends of great writers and artists as Pablo Picasso (Spanish Painter), F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Writer), and James Joice (Irish writer) Paulina soon became pregnant and after the birth of their son Patrick decided to return to the US and they settled in Key West.

Ernest Hemingway's days in Key West.

Visiting his house here in Key West it's like being part of the life of this genius of modern literature for some time; it's like shearing something worthy of respect and intellectual worth.

Ernest Hemingway moved to this Spanish colonial style house in Key West during the early 1930,s and lived here for more than ten years. He constantly traveled abroad and to other regions of the country but loved to spend the winters and long time periods in sunny Key West.

He visited Key West for the first time in 1928 and lived in an apartment on Simonton Street where he continued his writings and work. "A Farewell to Arms" was written during this period

The adventurous and exotic environment of Key West inspired him, and many of the characters of his novels and literary works were inspired by real people that he meets. "To Have and Have Not" is a novel about the life in Key West during the depression.

Charles Thomson a good friend of Hemingway introduced him to the sport of fishing and from this point on Hemingway became an avid sport fisherman being the waters of the Florida Keys and the near Caribbean his favorite fishing.

He, and some of his best friends during those years were known in Key West as the "Mob", and they would spend long times together fishing for the marlin and tuna in Cuba, Dry Tortugas and Bimini. Hemingway's nick name in the "Mob" was "Papa." Hemingway and friends frequented the bar Sloppy Joe's at where now is Captain Tony's Salon.

This was a time of adventures and vivid experiences for the now famous author who besides writing and bar hopping with the mob in Key West also spend time hunting in Africa, observing the bullfighting in Spain, and big time fishing in the waters of the Straits of Florida.

The house has the first swimming pool in Key West! It cost Hemingway $20,000. The story goes that he took a penny off his pocket and said "Here, take the last penny I have" and embedded the penny on the still wet cement at the north end of the pool.

Most of the furniture in the house are European antiques, and the trophies and animal skins are the result of the Hemingway' African safaris and many hunting expeditions.

Hemingway's life has many charters, adventures, fortunes and misfortunes. His work is a legacy and a treasure given to humanity. And when Hemingway tragically committed suicide in his last residence of Ketchum, Idaho in 1961, after suffering from physical and acute mental deterioration the world of literature and the arts surely lost an icon.

Historical pictures of Hemingway.

Hemingway at the port of Havana, Cuba with friends after a fishing trip.

At the port of the Havana in Cuba, after catching a Marlin; in the picture appears also his friends, Sidney Franklin and Carlos Gutierrez. *Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

Hemingway with wife Paulina and children.

Picture taken of Hemingway, wife Paulina, Gregory, John and Patrick Hemingway in the dock of Bimini on July of 1935.  *Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

Hemingway and friend Carlos Gutierrez.

With friend Carlos Gutierrez aboard of his boat Pilar in 1934. *Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

A Visit to the House in key West.

Front entrance to the house on White Head Street, Key West.

The Hemingway House, is located at 907 Whitehead St, in Key West.

View of the front of the Hemingway's House and museum.

The Ernest Hemingway's House main entry.

The gardens surrounding the house.

The house is surrounded by tropical gardens.

View from the second floor balcony.

The second floor balcony.

The north side of the pool on the side of the house and the gardens.

The pool surrounded by the gardens.

Picture of Ernest Hemingway over the fire place in the house.

Hemingway's picture over the fire place.

The bathroom on the second floor of the house.

The bathroom.

A guided tour with narrative.

Tour guides give insightful narratives and details over his life.

The cats are direct descendants of Hemingway's six-toed cats.

A family visiting the house.

The many visitors to the house come from around the world.

The souvenir shop on the first floor and rear of the house.

The souvenir shop on the ground level sales photos, the books and other things.


*Video courtesy of FloridaKeysXperienceImage and You Tube.

Visiting the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum has been one extraordinary experience in my life, having known his work since an early age and childhood, the great adventures of the "Old Man And The Sea", "From Whom The Bells Tolls", "The Sun Also Rises", "The Short Stories", "A farewell to Arms" and other great masterpieces.

With greatest respect and admiration I  dedicate this page of my Florida Keys Experience to the memory of this great author that is Ernest Hemingway!


The Hemingway House, is located at 907 Whitehead St, in the heart of Old Town Key West across from the Light House. 305 294 1136.




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