Ernest Hemingway's famed house in Key West. ((courtesy Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau))

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Away Travel Expert: Mike Sigalas
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  • Though Hemingway didn't live much of his life here—roughly from 1931-1940, during his second marriage. The uncle of his new wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, gave the newlyweds the home as a gift. When Hemingway left Pfeiffer to mary wife number three, Pfeiffer kept the house. Hemingway moved on, rather famously, to Cuba.
  • The sixty-some six-toed cats you'll see cavorting about the house and grounds all descend from a single, apparently popular female named Snowball—a gift from a ship's captain to Hemingway. Since nearly all of the cats are now spayed and neutered, the population is no longer expanding, and the few cats born here replace ones who pass on to the great litter box in the sky.
  • Even if its former owner was named Smith instead of Hemingway, the house and grounds would be worth a visit. The 1851 colonial, southern-style mansion is made of local coquina limestone and features French doors, a two-story veranda with views of the Key West Light, and the Florida Keys' first swimming pool, a surprise by Pauline while Hemingway was off reporting on the Spanish Civil War.

Between Truman Ave. and Olivia St
907 Whitehead St
Key West, Florida 33040
Parking: Daily 9am-5pm
Price: Admission $11 adults, $6 children

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 305/294-1136
Fax: 305/294-2755
Price Information: Admission $11 adults, $6 children
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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