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Key West's Ghost Stories
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There are some interesting ghost stories and alleged haunted places in Key West! Every picturesque, charming small size town that I know has surprising stories of spirits and apparitions, as well as legends and popular stories. Key West is not an exception!

A tourist vacation destination with a few stories about spectral spirits apparitions it's practically a double treat, and this does not mean that Key West is a spooky rotten village with zombies and evil spirits on the prowl!

You can be confident, sheer full and spooked at the same time while snooping around Key West historic landmarks and ghost venues, after all not all ghosts are hostile or out to hurt, and some are said to bring good luck to the fortunate who came across.

 You can take the Key West Ghost Tours across the town and get to see the beauty of this picturesque historical settlement while going ghost hunting.

Photo of a ghost figure in an old mansion's staircase.
Ghost.

You can be confident, sheer full and spooked at the same time while snooping around Key West historic landmarks and ghost venues, after all not all ghosts are hostile or out to hurt, and some are said to bring good luck to the fortunate who came across.

 You can take the Key West Ghost Tours across the town and get to see the beauty of this picturesque historical settlement while going ghost hunting.

Our tour of spooky Key West will begin at a place that has a great ghost story and that possibly inspired the famous Hollywood's movie "Chucky the Evil Doll".

The East Martello Museum & Gallery and Robert the Doll.

This place is the East Martello Museum, designed after the Martello Towers of Italy and built during the Civil War, as a fort for a military project, its construction was never finish and now is considered one of the U.S National Historic Places.

The East Martello Museum in Key West.

The ghost story at the East Martello Museum spins around "Robert the Doll". A life size doll given to Robert Eugene in 1904 as a present by one of the family house servants when Robert was a child. "Gene" named the doll Robert after himself.

The story goes that Robert Gene being a bad tempered person had somehow influenced the doll that after some time became a virtual image of its owner, becoming possessed by evil spirits.

Robert the Doll...!

Robert Gene became an artist during his adult age and the doll remained with him until his death and now is on exhibit at the East Martello Museum.

The doll reportedly had been able to frustrate the intent of photographers on taking his pictures at times and do other mysterious things at the museum.

East Martello Gallery-Art and Historical Museum. 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd 305 293 3913. (next to the Key West airport) It also displays the work of artists Mario Sanchez and Stanley Papio.

Robert the Haunted Doll at the East Martello Museum.

Robert Gene became an artist during his adult age and the doll remained with him until his death and now is on exhibit at the East Martello Museum.

The doll reportedly had been able to frustrate the intent of photographers on taking his pictures at times and do other mysterious things at the museum.

East Martello Gallery-Art and Historical Museum. 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd 305 293 3913. (next to the Key West airport) It also displays the work of artists Mario Sanchez and Stanley Papio.

Hemingway's Home and Museum.

According to the accounts of some locals and visitors the ghost of the famous American author Ernest Hemingway had been appearing occasionally at his mansion in Key West! Hemingway lived and spend time in this house  during the earlier 1930's, traveling  abroad and back to Key West many times specially during the winters.

But Hemingway did not died in his Key West mansion, hi did died of a self inflicted gun shot to his head in 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho. Hemingway was suffering from serious mental and physical deterioration during his last days.

A group of tourists visiting the Ernest Hemingway House.

Ernest Hemingway's House.

The house is now a museum kept and preserved just in the same way that it was when Hemingway was alive and is open to the public daily.

The house had been so well kept and maintained that it gives the sensation that the writer is among us till this years!

Photo of the dinning room, table, fire place and picture of Hemingway where the ghost stories take place.

His ghost had reportedly been spotted at various areas of the house and the sounds of his typewriter had been heard.

 Hemingway’s House & Museum, 907 White Head Street. 9:00am-5:00pm. 305 294 1134. (White Head street is a free parking zone!)

The Key West Hard Rock Cafe.

The side of the Hard Rock Cafe in Duval Street.

The Key West Hard Rock Cafe. The house where the Hard Rock Cafe is now was built by the Florida's "first millionaire" William Curry as a gift to his son Robert for his wedding.

Robert had been a poor health person throughout his life, and after inheriting his family's fortune he was unable to continue with the business oriented family tradition of his father.

Robert committed suicide after losing his family fortune, suffering from strong depression and being emotionally disturbed.

Robert's ghost had been seen by guests and employees at the Hard Rock Cafe, mysteriously vanishing into thin air and leaving an eerie feeling on those who witness his appearance.

The entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe in Key West where some ghost stories take place.

The Hard Rock Cafe. 313 Duval Street. open 10am - 11pm. 305 293 0230.

Captain Tony's Saloon.

"Florida's first bar", Captain Tony's Saloon was the Key West morgue during the times of the pirates, wreckers and the first adventurers that came here. And later became the first Sloppy Joe's Bar and one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite hangouts.

The front of Captain Tony's Saloon where some interesting ghost stories had taken place.

Captain Tony's Saloon. 428 Greene Street, 305 294 1838.

During those wild and turbulent times the building was used as the local morgue of the island, and not only that. The tree where murderers, pirates and criminals were hung during executions is right besides the building. The corpses were then kept in the morgue until burial. These are probably the reasons for the Captain Tony's ghost stories.

Frequent apparitions of the ghosts of the executed had been reported at Captains Tony' Saloon for many years now!

Fort Zachary Taylor.

It is known that many people died at Fort Zachary Taylor over the years, some were executed, others died of the Yellow Fever and other causes, back in the times when the fort was inhabited and used by the military.

View from the roof of the Fort Zachary Taylor's yard.

Fort Zachary Taylor.

The legendary fort had an important role during the American Civil War in 1861, occupied by the Union soldiers under the command of Captain John Milton Brannan, who fought against the Confederacy Army until the end of the war.

Photo taken inside of Fort Zachary Taylors archade where you can see the old Civil War cannons.

Later during Spanish-American War of 1890 the fort became an important army base and played a role on the war. The fort was used by the Army until 1948, being turned over to the U.S. Navy. Now the fort is Historic landmark and a big tourist attraction in Key West.

The dark room of fort Zachary Taylor where ghost voices are heard.
Photo taken inside of a totally dark room where ghostly voices are heard in Zachary Taylor-see a ghostly figure above the visitors head.

The photo was taken by camera with flash in the dark room where the voices were heard by these girls visiting the fort!..Fact or Fiction?

The apparitions and unexplained occurrences at the fort range from ghosts encounters (the ghost of a young girl with burns over her body had been spotted near the area where the fort's hospital was) to unexplained cold spots during the summer months at tropical Key West, and ghostly voices heard at times by visitors to the fort.

The fort had been the subjects of studies by paranormal experts, ghost hunters and even Haitian Voodoo practitioners!

Fort Zachary Taylor, 601 Howard England Way. 305 292 6713. (The beach behind the fort is one of Key West most visited beaches and you could visit the fort while at the beach.)

The Audubon House and Gardens.

The house was built in the 1800's by harbor pilot, expert navigator, suspected pirate and successful master wrecker Captain John  Geiger who lived in the house with his Bahamian wife Lucretia and had twelve children.

After his dead in 1885 the house was passed down to other members of his family until the last member Captain Willie Smith who passed away in 1956.

View of the Audubon House taken from the corner of White Head and Green Streets.

Audubon House & Gardens, on White Head & Green Streets.

Later the house was renamed after the French American ornithologist, naturalist and painter John James Audubon, who visited Key West in 1832. It's believed that some of the famous of Audubon's drawings of American birds were made in the house gardens.

Side of the Audubon House where you can appreciate the beautifull tropical gardens.

The Audubon House Museum and Tropical Gardens was restored establish as it is now  in 1960 by Colonel Mitchell Wolfson and his wife Frances.

The ghost story at the Audubon House has to do with the many apparitions of Captain John Geiger at the second story landing gazing at the waters of the Key West channel searching for ships that could be in danger of wrecking.

The Audubon House and Gardens are open to the public and shows the work of John James Audubon, antique furnishing, and the tropical gardens and foliage.

 Audubon House and Gardens, 205 White Head Street. 305 294 2116.

Key West Cemetery.

Other famous haunted place for spooky  ghost stories is the town's Cemetery, a place where reported apparitions of ghosts approaching the visitors are frequent, especially the ghost of a Bahamian woman who materializes to the visitors who does not show respect towards the dead or miss behaves at the cemetery.

The entrance to the Key West City Cemetary.

Key West Cemetery, 701 Passover Lane. 305 292 8177.

Banyan Resort and Guest House.

The ghost of Captain Cosgrove had been appearing around the house where he lived until his dead. While the ghost of a little girl had been stealing the resort's guests and housekeeper’s chocolates.

 Banyan Resort and Guest House, 323 White Head Street. 305 296 7786.

The Crown Plaza La Concha Hotel.

 The tales about haunted hotels are popular and some had inspired movies and books, and the Crown Plaza of Key West is among those.

The front of the Crown Plaza Hotel in Key West.

Crown Plaza La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval Street. 305 296 2991.

According to some of Key West paranormal experts the seven story hotel had been the scene of some suicides; people jumping from the rooftop observation deck to the street to end their lives.

One of the hotels employees accidentally lost his life due to an elevator malfunction falling to his dead from the fifth floor down into the elevator shaft.

Hotels guess had reported seeing and heard this young man falling through the elevator shaft many times after his dead.

Key West Ghost Tours.

A ghost tour bus at the Mallory Square in Key West.

Key West Ghost Tours. 423 Duval Street, 305 294 9255. Departing from the Haunted Gift Shop at La Concha Hotel on Duval & Fleming Streets.(This tour takes you to all of the places where these ghost stories take place)

I don't beleave any of these stories!

Our very personal judgment to the Key West Ghost Stories.

We don't know exactly the reason why the ghosts of Key West are here, or why are they refusing to leave this charming little town.

I had a hard time believing on any of these carried on by the locals "Key West Ghost Stories" "seeing is believing" but been around Key West for so long I confess to have acquire a fascination for the unexplained!

When this happens these paranormal phenomenons and ghost stories becomes part of our Florida Keys Experience.




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