Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fort Zachary Taylor at Key West

We recently visited Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West, Florida.  The fort was built over a 21-year period starting in 1845.  During the Civil War, the fort served as a base of operations for Union Navy's East Gulf Coast Blockade Squadron.
The most interesting aspect of the fort is how the Army used cannons as rebar for constructing two new batteries in 1898.  The Friends of Fort Taylor provides funds to help maintain and restore the fort.
Please see Fort Taylor Zachary Taylor Picture Gallery for more information.

While in Key West we encourage you to enjoy the other historic sites.  You might want to take a day trip to Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas.  The trip is expensive, around $150/person, including a tour of the fort, snorkeling, breakfast, and lunch.  We hope to take the trip on our next visit to the Keys.

We would also suggest that you stay at one of the bed and breakfasts in Key West.  We stayed at The Artist House and would recommend it.  It is walking distance from the historic district and has a delightful happy hour. To add to your enjoyment, the house is said to be haunted by Robert the Doll as explained in this YouTube Video.  Fortunately, we didn't experience any voicely interruptions during our visit, but we didn't stay in The Turret Suite.

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