In the 1950s Key West’s citizens watched as several of their most valued architectural treasures were lost to neglect or new development. These events galvanized preservationists to organize the nonprofit Old Island Restoration Foundation in 1960 to promote the preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings.
Over the years, Old Island Restoration Foundation has raised and granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain the Oldest House Museum and to award grants to restore historical buildings in Key West, including Old City Hall, the Custom House, the Martello Forts, the Key West Lighthouse, the Women’s Club, several churches, and more. The Foundation also awards a scholarship each year to a Key West High School student.
All activities are funded by member contributions, the annual house tours, rental of the Oldest House’s beautiful garden for weddings and other events such as the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest.
OUR TROPICAL GARDEN: The Perfect Setting for your Special Event or Wedding!
Key West’s Oldest House Museum and Garden offers the perfect setting for your memorable event, whether it is a grand, lavish affair or a perfect private ceremony. This secluded paradise is ideal for weddings, vow renewals and commitment ceremonies; birthdays and anniversaries; and special events for organizations and companies. A private setting in the heart of historic Old Town.
Our garden can accommodate an elegant and extravagant event or a small intimate occasion. We can serve up to 120 seated diners or 300 for a cocktail party. Tables, chairs and linens are available.
The facility includes our large garden with lawn, brick pathways, gazebo, clean modern restrooms, and magnificent mature tropical foliage. The historic 1829 home includes the antique-furnished family dining room and parlor, and an upstairs bride’s room where the bride and her attendants can prepare for the wedding.
Be sure to check out their upcoming home tours at – www.keywesthometours.com
60th Home Tours™ 2019-20 Season
December 27-28, 2019, 3 – 6 pm
January 17-18, 2020, 3- 6 pm
February 14-15, 2020, 10 am – 4 pm
March 13-14, 2020, 10 am – 4 pm
For more information visit: http://thegardenattheoldesthouse.org/