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West Martello Towers / African Cemetery, Key West

West Martello Towers / African Cemetery, Key West (must see)

The historic West Martello Towers were built to protect the island during the Civil War. They are now housing the Key West Garden Club – a beautifully landscaped tropical treasure in Key West, nicely shaded with so much foliage that it's a perfect hideaway from the scorching midday sun and all the busy tourist areas. The butterfly area is beautiful as well as the area along the water.

The towers and gardens can be visited together with the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach which contains the graves of Africans who died after being rescued in 1860 from captured slave ships. The cemetery was discovered in 2002 using ground-penetrating radar. On June 26, 2012, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm
Free admission, donations are welcome

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West Martello Towers / African Cemetery on Map

Sight Name: West Martello Towers / African Cemetery
Sight Location: Key West, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Key West, Florida

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Key West Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles

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